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Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Sargon Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implant Specialists located in Encino, CA & West Hollywood, CA

If going to the dentist makes your heart race or palms sweat, sedation dentistry can help you relax. At Sargon Dental, with two convenient locations in the Encino and West Hollywood neighborhoods of Los Angeles, California, Sargon Lazarof, DDS, offers several types of sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide and intravenous (IV) sedation. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the support staff today.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medications to help you relax while receiving oral health care. Experts estimate that 30 to 40 million Americans experience dental anxiety. Unfortunately, many people with dental anxiety put off routine exams and cleanings, which increases the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and other potentially serious problems.

By participating in sedation dentistry, you can receive the care you need without the fear or discomfort. During sedation dentistry, you are aware of your surroundings, but you do not experience pain or feelings of apprehension.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

At Sargon Dental, Dr. Lazarof regularly recommends sedation dentistry for people who have:

  • Phobias of dental tools or needles
  • Anxiety or panic disorders
  • Sensitive or uncontrollable gag reflexes
  • Tooth and gum sensitivity
  • Developmental disabilities like Autism

You might also benefit from sedation dentistry if your body does not respond to traditional numbing medications like novocaine. 

What are the types of sedation dentistry?

At Sargon Dental, Dr. Lazarof offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:

Mild sedation

If you experience minor dental anxiety you might benefit from mild sedation. Mild sedation helps you relax and feel at ease. It does not put you to sleep, so you are aware of your surroundings throughout treatment. You can also answer Dr. Lazarof’s questions and respond to his instructions.

Moderate sedation

If you’re undergoing a complex dental procedure, you might benefit from moderate sedation. Moderate sedation encourages deep relaxation. You might doze off during treatment, but you can still answer Dr. Lazarof’s questions and respond to his instructions if necessary.

Deep sedation

Deep sedation is a type of sleep dentistry. Under deep sedation, you fall asleep and have no awareness of your surroundings. Following treatment, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home. 

How is sedation dentistry administered?

At Sargon Dental, Dr. Lazarof administers sedation dentistry in several ways. 

To receive sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) you breathe through a mask. If you opt for IV sedation, you receive medication via a vein. Intramuscular anesthesia provides medication through an injection into your upper arm or thigh. And oral sedation involves you taking a prescription medication by mouth. 

Each type of sedation dentistry has specific benefits. Following a discussion of your goals for treatment and an oral exam, Dr. Lazarof can make recommendations that align with your needs.

To explore sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment at Sargon Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.