Sedation Dentistry

Dental Sedation Ladera Ranch

Hales Parker Dentistry offers sedation dentistry options including dental sedation, laughing gas, and conscious sedation to the Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Mission Viejo areas.Does having dental work done make you anxious?

Even though Dr. Parker is very easygoing and treats his patients with a gentle touch, some need extra help overcoming their dental phobia. Many times, traumatic past experiences are too much to overcome.

Sedation dentistry at Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch is a way to relieve your dental anxiety. This form of dentistry has been shown to be effective in helping patients overcome their fear of the dentist and provide an opportunity for more effective dental work during long visits.

Dental Sedation Options

Dental sedation helps you relax during treatment and provides a safe, comfortable experience helping you overcome your fears. It is also safe and tailored to each patient’s needs. Our Ladera Ranch dentist office offers the following three different types of sedation dentistry:

Laughing Gas | Laughing gas has been utilized for many years in dental offices. After a few minutes of breathing this sedation at the right level mixed with oxygen, many patients will feel a reduction in their anxiety. It does not make you drowsy or incoherent but reduces your fear. This helps you get through procedures and allows for better anesthetic effectiveness. As soon as you stop breathing the laughing gas, its effects wane and you are back to normal within minutes.

Conscious Sedation | Oral conscious treatment utilizes prescription medications in the benzodiazepine family. These medications give you a drowsy feeling with a reduction in anxiety. Many patients will fall asleep while undergoing treatment but are still conscious. Many times after using this dental sedation, your appointment seems to go very quickly, and you may not even remember being at the dental office after you go home.

IV Sedation | IV sedation at Hales Parker Dentistry is performed with an anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist will sedate you to a deeper level than conscious sedation, but it is not general anesthesia so you will remain awake. The doctor will monitor you throughout the procedure to ensure complete safety. This level of sedation is the deepest and most profound for those that need that level of sedation.

Is Dental Sedation Right For Me?

  • Have you been putting off going to the dentist for routine maintenance or avoiding getting a larger procedure done?
  • Do you suffer from dental anxiety?
  • Does the idea of going to the dentist scare you, or have you developed a fear of the dentist?
  • Are long dental treatments stressful, and make you wish to avoid them?

If your answer is yes to one or more of these questions, you aren’t the only one. Dental patients around the globe suffer from dental anxiety, nervousness about the dentist, fear of the dentist and more which often prevents them from receiving the dental care they need, when they really need to have it. Contact Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, near Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita today to find the form of dental sedation that is right for you.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Driving After Dental Sedation

Can I drive myself home after sedation dentistry? The answer to this question really depends on the form of sedation dentistry that you received. If you received oral conscious sedation, you will need to arrange for someone to pick you up from the dental office after your treatment is complete. With IV sedation, it is more situation dependent, although in many cases getting a ride from someone home may be necessary. In most situations if you used laughing gas, you should be able to drive yourself home after sedation dentistry treatment.

Dental Sedation Safety

Is dental sedation safe? Dr. Parker has studied with world-renowned sedation dentists who have performed together several hundred thousand cases according to proper dental sedation protocol using laughing gas, IV sedation, and conscious sedation. This leads to very safe and predictable results for you the patient. Our team will do their very best to make sure you are educated in the sedation dentistry options available to you, so that you can make the best decision as to the form of dental sedation that is best for you.

Dental Phobia

Is dental phobia a real thing? Having a dental phobia is definitely a very real occurrence for many patients out there, and often stops them from getting good dental care, especially when they need it. With the help of dental sedation we are able to assist many of those suffering from dental phobias to get the dental care they need to keep their teeth and mouths healthy.

Sleep Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” but most of our options will just help you feel relaxed without you falling totally asleep.

With the various levels of sedation at our office, some will get you “sleeping” through the procedure. However, which level of sedation is right for you has to be determined after thorough history and medical history intake. We also need to look at what treatment is to be undertaken and recognize the level of sedation that will allow for the most comfortable and ideal outcome for you.

Schedule Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment

Please call us today to ask about more information on sedation dentistry, general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry. If it feels like a good option for you, scheduling an exam to tailor the treatment to you is the first step if you are in the Mission Viejo—Rancho Santa Margarita area.