Sedation Dentistry

Beverly Hills & Los Angeles, California

If you have been delaying your trip to the dentist out of apprehension, you've come to the right place. Dr. Sands is always happy to offer an oral sedative to help you stay relaxed.

Sometimes there's confusion between sleep dentistry and sedation dentistry. They are not at all the same thing.

  • Sleep dentistry involves general anesthesia and is seldom offered in dental offices. General anesthesia is given in hospitals for major surgery, and it renders you entirely unconscious. It must be given by a specially trained anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist, who calibrates the dose, administers it through IV line or a mask, and monitors your vital signs throughout the procedure. That person will also determine when you are alert and awake enough to go home.
  • Sedation dentistry involves a simpler oral medication which does not entirely put you to sleep. It sedates you enough to keep you relaxed and unworried, but alert enough to respond to any requests we might make of you during your procedures. While you are under its influence, you feel calm and safe, which allows Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands to work more easily on your teeth and gums.

Another advantage of sedation dentistry is that Dr. Sands can work more quickly, and perhaps do several procedures which would otherwise have required several visits. So, for example, in one visit, you could have your gums scaled and planed to remove accumulated tartar and bacteria, several old metal fillings replaced with smooth white porcelain inlays, and a chipped tooth repaired.

If your schedule is very busy, you can save time by having those things done in one visit. We have some patients who have said "Sedation dentistry has been life-changing for me!" They have been able to vastly improve their dental hygiene at home by coming for regular check-ups here. When he sees you once or twice a year regularly, Dr. Sands can detect decay or other problems very early, and by treating them right away, can save you time, money, and discomfort in the future.

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Our cosmetic dentistry office serves Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California. Please contact our sedation dentist today if you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, or about your dental health.