Many patients avoid visiting the dentist due to a fear of the dentist. Dental anxiety can make it very difficult for patients to commit to visiting the dentist at least twice a year for preventative dental care. At Beach Cities Dental Group in Oxnard, CA, Dr. Georgia Haddad offers sedation dentistry to help patients feel completely relaxed and at ease so they may receive the dental care they need.
The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
The health of your gums and teeth goes beyond protecting your beautiful smile. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can help maintain your overall systemic health as well. Healthy smiles also promote a higher quality of life with improved confidence. Preventative dental health care is the best way to keep your smile beautiful, functional, and healthy.
Visiting our Oxnard, CA dentist office every 6 months allows for thorough teeth cleanings that can help prevent the development of advanced dental concerns such as decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. Do not let your fear of the dentist compromise your well-being and oral health.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, contact our Oxnard, CA dentist office to learn more about how our unique approach to dentistry can help you receive quality oral health.
Stress-Free Dental Care
Dr. Haddad approaches dentistry with compassion and attention to the individual patient. Our dental care team takes the time to listen and educate every patient so that they feel at ease, knowing they are making informed decisions to improve their well-being.
Do not let your fear of the dentist compromise your well-being and oral health. If you suffer from dental anxiety, contact our Oxnard, CA dentist office to learn more about how our unique approach to dentistry can help you receive quality oral health.
Sedation dentistry allows Dr. Haddad to perform multiple dental procedures during one sitting. This can reduce the need for multiple visits reducing stress and anxiety. Our Oxnard, CA dentist office is designed to help you feel welcome and comfortable.
Our dedicated and highly trained staff will work with you individually to meet your needs and address your anxiety. Dr. Haddad will evaluate your medical history and oral health. She takes the time to understand your concerns to determine which form of sedation dentistry is appropriate for you.
Sedation Dentistry Options
For patients who desire dental sedation, Dr. Haddad offers sedation options. While you will remain alert and responsive during treatment, you will enjoy a pain-free experience with little to no memory of the procedure.
- Oral sedation: Taken in a pill form, oral conscious sedation is taken a few hours before your treatment. This type of sedation will take several hours to wear off and will require you to have an escort to and from your dental appointment.
- Nitrous oxide: Better known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is inhaled as a gas. Nitrous oxide takes effect immediately and wears off just as quickly. You will be able to drive yourself to and from your dental appointment.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Are there side effects from dental sedation?
Yes, there are mild side effects you may experience. You’re less likely to have side effects when your sedation method is nitrous oxide. The most common is grogginess. You also may notice dry mouth, periods of amnesia when you’re coming out of sedation, headache, or nausea.
Will I remember my procedure?
You may remember some of it when you have nitrous oxide sedation. With oral conscious sedation, it’s rare that you remember your treatment. While the sedation doesn’t put you to sleep, you may fall asleep during the procedure because you’re so relaxed.
How long does the sedation effect last?
When you get nitrous oxide sedation, the effects wear off pretty directly. It’s the only form of sedation where you can drive yourself to and from the appointment. We give you the proper amount of sedation for your procedure with oral sedation. The effects can last anywhere from 1-6 hours. You’ll still have lingering effects after the procedure and won’t be able to drive yourself.
What can I do after my procedure?
You’ll need to take the remainder of the day off after your procedure. Make sure that you get rest and don’t try to operate any heavy machinery for at least 24 hours. For a few hours after the procedure, have someone with you that can keep an eye on you until the heavier sedation impacts wear off.
Can sedation help alleviate pain as well?
No, sedation helps you to feel relaxed and relieves anxiety. Anesthesia is what relieves pain. We use a combination of the two to ensure that you get an experience that’s comfortable and pain-free.
Am I eligible for sedation dentistry?
We’ll do a full examination and discuss your medical history and current medication. We want to ensure that nothing is going to interfere or create a bad reaction. Most patients will be eligible for sedation, but some health problems may make you ineligible.
Schedule An Appointment
If you suffer from dental anxiety and have avoided the dentist for some time, Dr.Haddad is highly experienced at treating complex restorative cases. Our compassionate and welcoming dental care team will take the time to get to know you. They listen to all of your dental concerns so that they may better prepare you for treatment.
To schedule an appointment, contact our Oxnard, CA dentist office or request one online.