Sedation Dentistry

Permadent Dental Implant Center

Dental Implant Surgeons located in Torrance, CA

For many, going to the dentist can create feelings of fear and anxiety. You may be especially nervous when undergoing a procedure such as a dental implant. To ease your fears and help you get the dental care you need, our compassionate dental team, MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, and Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS, FACD, at PermaDent® Dental Implant Center offers sedation dentistry, including oral and intravenous sedatives. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call our Torrance, California, office.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to the medication we offer to ease pain and anxiety during your dental care. Some of the medications we provide include:

Oral sedation

Oral sedation is a pill you take prior to your procedure that makes you drowsy. Depending on the type of pill, oral sedation may make you feel mildly to moderately sedated.

Intravenous (IV) sedation

For surgical procedures, such as placement of a dental implant or extraction of a tooth, we may suggest IV sedation, which is provided by our anesthesiologist. These types of medications work quickly and provide moderate sedation. 

Of course, we also provide a local anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth undergoing treatment.

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

At PemaDent Dental Implant Center, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality of care possible and work closely with you to see if you would benefit from sedation dentistry while undergoing dental care. 

Many of the dental implant surgeries we perform only need local anesthesia, which significantly limits the amount of time you need to recover. However, if you have dental anxiety or you’re sensitive to pain, then you may benefit from sedation dentistry.

However, before we can add sedation dentistry to your treatment plan, we may need clearance from your primary care physician, especially if you have a history of high blood pressure or a respiratory condition.  

What can I expect during sedation dentistry?

We offer sedation dentistry so you can feel more relaxed and at ease while undergoing your dental treatments. 

Depending on whether your sedation is mild, moderate, or deep, you may or may not be fully conscious during the procedure. Even if you’re fully conscious, you may not have any memory of it. If you do fall asleep, you can be easily awakened.

How do I prepare for sedation dentistry?

We go over all the instructions on what you need to do to prepare for sedation prior to your procedure. 

With IV sedation from the anesthesiologist, you may need to stop eating and drinking at least 12 hours before your scheduled appointment time. This is because the IV medication can cause nausea and keeping your stomach empty may prevent you from getting sick.

We also require you arrange to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. While you are awake after your procedure, you may still be groggy and shouldn’t drive.

To schedule a consultation with our dental implant specialists to discuss sedation dentistry options, call us at PermaDent Dental Implant Center, or request an appointment online today.