Sedation-Dentistry-FAQs El Segundo, CA


Sedation Dentistry FAQs El Segundo, CA

Dental sedation is a common practice to relieve the severe dental anxiety some patients experience when undergoing dental treatment. It’s also used to help keep patients comfortable during extensive or lengthy procedures. We’re happy to offer this option for our patients in our El Segundo dentist office.

We created this short guide to answer the most commonly asked questions our staff receives about dental sedation.

What Is Dental Sedation?

It is the use of mild sedatives, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedatives to help relax you and reduce anxiety during your dental treatment. Intravenous sedatives are only rarely used in dental sedation.

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation is a good idea for anyone who experiences dental anxiety. It will calm you and allow you to get needed dental care without additional stress. It’s also good for anyone undergoing a long or involved procedure. Ask your provider if it might be a good idea for your next dental procedure.

Is Dental Sedation the Same as General Anesthesia?

Dental sedation is much different than general anesthesia. You’re not “put to sleep” (made completely unconscious) during dental sedation as you are in general anesthesia. General anesthesia is normally only performed in a hospital setting.

How Safe Is Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is incredibly safe when performed by a licensed and trained dental professional. The amount of sedative used is small and you will be continuously monitored for side effects.

Will I Be Unconscious During Treatment with Dental Sedation?

Generally, you will be awake but relaxed during treatment using sedation dentistry. Some patients do fall asleep when they take oral sedatives. You will likely not remember much if anything from the treatment itself.

How Long Does Dental Sedation Last?

It depends on the sedative used and the length of your procedure. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly and will often clear your system by the time you leave the office. Other dental sedatives may leave you sedated or groggy for several hours. Your provider will be sure to use the appropriate type and amount of sedative for your treatment.

Can I Drive After Dental Sedation?

You shouldn’t drive after sedation dentistry, with some exceptions for brief treatments involving nitrous oxide. Have someone drive you home from your procedure and do not operate a car or other potentially hazardous equipment for the remainder of the day. Plan to spend the rest of the day resting.

Does Dental Sedation Also Provide Pain Relief?

Dental sedation is not the same as pain relief. It does not reduce or prevent pain. Our providers here in the El Segundo office typically use local anesthesia along with dental sedation to prevent and reduce pain.

What Are the Side Effects of Dental Sedation?

Side effects are rare but may include grogginess (the number one side effect), a headache, nausea, a dry mouth, and brief amnesia after the sedative wears off. Rarely, someone will have an allergic reaction to nitrous oxide, but our staff is trained to spot and handle this occurrence.

How Much Does Dental Sedation Cost?

The cost of sedation dentistry depends on the type of sedation needed, the type of procedure you’re having, and your dental insurance. Most or all of the cost is often picked up by your insurance company. You’ll be given a full breakdown of costs when you come into our office for your consultation, so you’ll know exactly what you have to pay.

We also offer multiple payment arrangements and financing options to help you afford the care you need.

Are You Ready to Get the Care You Need?

Call El Segundo Modern Dentistry at (424) 277-2671 and make an appointment today!