Over 35 million Americans have some level of anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist. Your fears may have caused you to neglect your oral health and feel embarrassed about your smile. But have to fear, Dr. Zak and his team of specialists and anesthesiologists will minimizing your pain and anxiety by providing maximum comfort and relaxation.
Sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry is the state of the art, comprehensive approach in dentistry. With Sedation Dentistry, just about any dental procedure including full mouth reconstructions and smile makeovers can be performed in the absolute minimum number of appointments. Below are descriptions of three types of sedation dentistry that Dr. Zak Dental Care offices can offer you.
IV Sedation or Intravenous Sedation is a technique of providing pain relief, during painful procedures in dentistry. It involves intravenous injection of a sedative, which will make you drowsy and unaware of pain during your dental procedure or surgery.
You will awaken from sedation dentistry feeling rested and without any negative memories of the dental procedure. IV Sedation dentistry is a specialty that provides the ultimate comfort during dental treatment. It is far more effective at eliminating pain and anxiety than simple “pill” or “gas” sedation, which we also offer in less severe circumstances. Less than one percent of dentists in California are licensed to perform IV sedation. At Dr. Zak Dental Care our team of experienced cosmetic dentists and anesthesiologists, have a proven track record of safe and successful IV sedation that spans over twenty years! When it comes to your safety, our team of experts will take good care of you.
Inhalation sedation, also known as nitrous oxide sedation, is historically the most widely used dental sedation technique by dentists. The patient breathes a mixture of nitrous oxide (N20) and oxygen through a nasal mask. The gas causes a euphoric effect (for this reason, it is often referred as laughing gas) which not only relaxes you within seconds but also provides lasting pain relief throughout your dental procedure.
Oral sedation is another method of dental relaxation, mainly due to the easiness of administration. With oral sedation, you will be given a sedative pill to take by the mouth the night before your appointment or/and few hours prior to your dental visit. By the time of the appointment, you will be in a relaxed state and remains calm and free of anxiety during the entire procedure. Since you will already be under the effect of the medication on the way to the dental office, we recommend you have someone drive you to and from your appointment for safety reasons.