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Las Vegas Sedation Dentist Relieves Patients of Anxiety

Sedation is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry may also be beneficial for people who:

Nervous About Going to the Dentist?

If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans opt for some type of sedation for even the least invasive dental procedures like a simple teeth cleaning and exam. These are both essential for a patient’s oral health. When you avoid taking care of your teeth, you’re likely to develop complicated dental issues like pain, tooth loss, gum disease, bite alignment problems, and poor digestion/nutrition, all of which will eventually lead to even more time in the dental chair.

Not all dentists are qualified to administer the deepest levels of sedation like Dr. Mohtashami. It’s important to discuss why you feel you need sedation with a dentist and what types of sedation he or she offers. It is also very appropriate to ask exactly what training and experience they have with sedation.

Your level of fear and/or type of procedure is what determines the kind of sedation you receive. There are several types of sedation available. (Continued Below)

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Oral Sedation

Patients simply take a little pill prior to treatment, leaving them completely relaxed and extremely comfortable. Our team will monitor your vital signs constantly and you will never be left alone. You will still be awake enough to respond to the doctor, but will be in a very calm and relaxed state. Due to the pleasantly relaxing effects of the medication, you should have someone drive you to and from the appointment.

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation is a “deep conscious sedation” whereby the medication is administered directly into a patient’s bloodstream. This type of sedation is not as commonly available as other techniques; Dr. Mohtashami has received specialized advance training and is certified by the state Board of Dental Examiners as a specialist IV sedation dentist.

IV sedation is a safe and effective treatment option for patients with moderate to severe anxiety issues. A patient’s heart rate, breathing and blood pressure are closely monitored during their visit. When the procedure is completed, patients who choose IV sedation are asked to have a friend or family member drive them home.

There are many advantages of IV sedation, including:

  • The medication acts quickly to sedate the patient. Often, oral medications require an hour or more to take effect.
  • If necessary during treatment, the dentist can administer more medication directly through the IV, instantly enhancing the sedation.
  • Patients will have little or no memory of their treatment.

Will I Feel Any Pain?

“Sedation dentistry” dramatically reduces the body’s natural tendency to tense muscles while stressed, helping you to feel relaxed and at ease. Dental anesthetics are more effective while the body is relaxed, practically eliminating any concerns about discomfort during treatment. Your postoperative discomfort can be treated with simple over the counter medications such as Aleve or Tylenol.