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Enjoy pain-free dentistry with dental sedation options

If you are nervous about visiting the dentist due to pain and discomfort, you are not alone! Millions of adult Americans have dental anxiety, but that doesn’t mean each visit has to be a negative experience. Dr. Brian Gradinger of Valencia, California, is a dedicated dental professional who is pleased to offer sleep dentistry, also called sedation dentistry. This allows him to ensure patients are comfortable with getting necessary dental work completed from start to finish. Various methods of sedation are considered to do so.

What methods of sedation are available with Dr. Brian Gradinger?

Valencia, California area patients can ask about our three sedation methods available to ensure pain-free dentistry, including nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation.

  • Nitrous oxide sedation – nitrous oxide sedation, commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is used by a dentist to help patients relax during dental procedures. The gas is administered through a small mask placed over the patient’s nose, and it works to help them feel more comfortable quickly.
  • Oral conscious sedation – oral conscious sedation is another option for patients seeking a way to relax during their dental procedure. This method involves the dentist prescribing a medication for the patient to take before their appointment. The medication will help the patient feel more relaxed and may even make them drowsy. A driver is usually required for this type of sedation.
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation – during most intravenous (IV) sedation cases, the patient is completely asleep. When IV sedation is chosen, special appointment times are required to ensure our dental anesthesiologist is available to help assist with your sleep dentistry visit. After IV sedation, a driver is required as patients are not safe to transport themselves or operate heavy machinery.

All sedation methods are safe and effective ways to help patients relax during their dental procedures and are readily available for our patients. During an initial appointment with patients, we talk about these options for pain-free dentistry and help patients make educated decisions regarding the one most appropriate for their level of anxiety. We find that patients with mild anxiety do well with nitrous oxide sedation, while those with moderate to severe dental anxiety will often fare better with oral or IV sedation instead.

Learn more about sedation dentistry available with Dr. Brian Gradinger

If you have questions about the sedation method best for you, please contact our practice. We can arrange for a consultation visit to discuss your dental needs. We are excited to offer sleep dentistry for new and existing patients who call our Valencia, CA office at (661) 450-6650.