Welcome to Ackerman & Towson Dental in Brentwood, CA. Our experienced dentists, Dr. Kevin Ackerman and Dr. Eric Towson are dedicated to providing our patients with the best dental care. That includes sedation dentistry services.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry. This information will help you better understand sedation dentistry and make an informed decision about your dental care.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a type of dental treatment that uses medication to help you relax during your dental procedure. Sedation dentistry helps reduce fear and anxiety during dental visits, making you feel more at ease and comfortable.
What Types of Sedation are Available?
At Ackerman & Towson Dental, we offer several types of sedation dentistry: oral sedation and nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”). Our experienced dentists can recommend the best kind of sedation for you, depending on your individual needs and the procedure we perform.
Who can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry can be beneficial for anyone who experiences anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist. It can also be helpful for people with a low pain tolerance or those who need to undergo a long or complex procedure.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Yes—sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to help you relax during your dental procedure. Our experienced dentists have years of experience in administering and monitoring sedation, so you can rest assured that your safety and comfort are of the utmost importance to us.
How Long Does Sedation Last?
The duration of sedation will depend on the type of sedation used. Oral sedation typically wears off within an hour or two after the procedure is completed. Nitrous oxide usually wears off within a few minutes.
What Side Effects can I Expect From Sedation Dentistry?
The most common side effects of sedation dentistry are drowsiness and grogginess. You may also experience dry mouth, nausea, or a headache. However, these side effects typically go away within a few hours after the procedure is completed.
Does Insurance cover Sedation Dentistry?
Coverage depends on your insurance plan. You should check with your insurance provider to determine if sedation dentistry is covered.
Can I Still Drive Home After Sedation Dentistry?
No, driving yourself home after sedation dentistry is not recommended. It would be best to have a friend or family member drive you home, as you may still feel the sedation effects.
Can Children Receive Sedation Dentistry?
Yes—sedation dentistry is often used for pediatric patients who experience fear or anxiety during dental procedures.
How do I Prepare for Sedation Dentistry?
Our experienced dentists will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your sedation dentistry appointment. These instructions may include not eating or drinking for a certain period before the procedure and when to take the medication before your procedure.
What Should I Bring to my Sedation Dentistry Appointment?
You should bring a valid form of identification and your insurance card to your sedation dentistry appointment. You should also bring a friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure. Also, be sure to dress comfortably.
How Should I Take Care of Myself After Sedation Dentistry?
It would be best if you took it easy for the day. You should also avoid making any significant decisions or operating heavy machinery until the effects of the sedation have worn off.
When Can I Eat or Drink After Sedation Dentistry?
Our experienced dentists will provide specific instructions on when you can eat or drink after your sedation dentistry appointment.
How Long Will I Need to Wait Before I Can Resume My Normal Activities?
The time will depend on the type of sedation used and the procedure performed. Our experienced dentists will instruct you when you can resume your normal activities.
Does Ackerman & Towson Dental Offer Sedation Dentistry in California?
Our experienced dentists, Dr. Kevin Ackerman and Dr. Eric Towson offer oral conscious sedation dentistry at our California dental office. We also offer nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) for patients feeling particularly anxious or nervous.
Sedation Dentistry in California
Thank you for taking the time to learn about sedation dentistry at Ackerman & Towson Dental. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile! If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call us. Schedule an appointment today!