Visiting the dentist’s office is rarely at the top of a patient’s “want to do” list. In fact, many patients feel anxious and nervous when they have a cleaning or dental treatment appointment scheduled. However, if you dread the dentist so much that you’ve put off necessary treatment or preventative care, you should call the Downtown Dental office in West Hollywood.
Dr. Mungcal understands that fear of the dentist can cause patients to delay or cancel appointments. He also knows that even the friendliest team and gentlest treatment won’t calm the fears of patients who have great anxiety. That is why Dr. Mungcal offers his patients the option of being sedated during dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry is a common approach for patients who have had past bad experiences at the dentist, or for those who need to have multiple procedures completed. Conscious sedation will make you feel calm and relaxed, while still being aware of your surroundings and able to respond to conversation. As a result you will have a much more comfortable experience while getting necessary treatment to give you a healthier mouth and a better smile. Over time, with several positive appointments, it may even help change your feelings about the dentist.
Conscious sedation is typically administered in combination with nitrous oxide. You take a pill prior to your appointment which helps you to feel calm and relaxed during the entire procedure. Because the effects of the pill won’t wear off for several hours after the appointment is over, you need to be sure that you have a ride to and from the dental office.
Dr. Mungcal also offers IV sedation and general anesthesia for patients who have severe anxiety. With IV sedation, patients are in a deeper state of relaxation than with conscious sedation, while with general anesthesia patients are completely under.
If you, or someone you love, have a fear of the dentist that won’t go away without help, call
Dr. Mungcal to talk about sedation dentistry. He will listen to you concerns and suggest the level of sedation that’s most appropriate for your situation. Visiting the dentist shouldn’t be scary and you shouldn’t put off necessary visits. Dr. Mungcal can help ease your fears.