At our Beverly Hills office we offer sedation dentistry, a very effective and safe method for providing dental care and comfort to our patients. Various sedation options are available depending on the complexity and length of the procedure.
These options are:
Local Anesthesia: Local anesthesia or commonly referred to as “novocaine” is the most effective means of pain control in dentistry during AND after the procedure. A properly administered local anesthetic will keep the patient completely numb during the procedure and has shown to reduce post procedure pain as well. Dr. Baradaran has an exceptionally gentle touch with his injections. Most patients do not even feel the shots that he administers, and he will not proceed until the patient is fully numb and comfortable.
Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen (laughing gas): Nitrous oxide gas is an inhalation (breathing) sedative that also provides some pain relief. It is administered with a mask that goes over the patient’s nose. While the gas is on and the patient is breathing it in, it brings a feeling of sedation and euphoria to the patient. Nitrous oxide is very safe, and does not have a hangover effect. The effect of nitrous oxide goes away within minutes of its removal. This is an excellent option for minor procedures.
Oral Sedation: Oral pills are administered to the patient prior to their dental procedure which can cause a profound sedation and amnestic (forgetfulness) effect. While under this type of sedation the patient is also administered oxygen through a mask, and local anesthesia. The patient is carefully monitored while under sedation. This is a very safe and effective method for most dental procedures. The patient has to have a responsible adult to accompany them to and from their appointment.
General Anesthesia: For the very apprehensive patients, or long and complicated procedures a dental anesthesiologist will be present who will sedate the patient and monitor them for their well being. We are fortunate to work with some of the brightest anesthesiologists in the city. Sedation / twilight is a calming effect, drowsiness and minor amnesia. Within a few seconds of administration of the intravenous sedation directly into your blood stream, you experience a full-body relaxation and sleep relieving all anxiety. When you wake up your dental treatment is finished and you will be accompanied home with a family member.