Help! I’m Scared of the Dentist | Manhattan Beach Dentist

ThinkstockPhotos-464323669If you ask anyone if they like the dentist, chances are they will say no. One can never be too sure what will happen when they see the dentist, and this causes a lot of fear as the dental appointment approaches. There is an official diagnosis for this fear – dental anxiety. So, you are not alone. And the solution to your fears is called sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is an innovative field of dentistry that is extremely useful for those who fear the dentist, hate needles, have sensitive teeth, or are immune to the numbing effects of anesthesia. Although sedation dentistry may not be right for everyone, it should be considered to ease discomfort, and paranoia. Sedation dentistry isn’t dangerous or complicated. It uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. The levels of sedation used include:

Minimal sedation. You are awake but relaxed.

Moderate sedation. You may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.

Deep sedation. You are on the edge of consciousness but can be awakened.

General anesthesia. You are completely unconscious. Both this version and deep sedation will require you to have a driver after the procedure is complete.

Integrating sedation dentistry in to your procedure is absolutely comfortable and safe. Patients agree that sedation dentistry was the best option for their procedure because it allows your dental professionals the ability to work without worrying your pain or discomfort will prevent them from achieving maximum results.

If you have questions or concerns regarding sedation dentistry, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit for additional information.

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Oral Sedation for Dental Fears

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Is the mere thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair enough to make your whole body freeze with fear? Would you prefer enduring a toothache to a quick trip to the dentist? If so, you’re not alone. There are plenty of people that suffer from the same fears as you, with some even more afraid than you are.

If you’re one of those who’d prefer to suffer than visit the dentist, oral sedation may help take away some of your dental fears.

Sedation in Dentistry

Sedation is a medical term where a medical expert administers a sedative drug to calm a patient down, or if necessary, put him or her to sleep. In dentistry, it is referred to as either sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry. Although, the latter isn’t exactly accurate are patients are usually awake throughout the whole procedure. Albeit, with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.

There are different levels of sedation used in dentistry, depending on the severity of the patient’s fear.

This includes:

  • Minimal sedation where the patient is awake, but feels calm and relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation where patients usually slur when they speak and don’t remember much of anything.
  • Deep sedation where patients are just “half-asleep” and are still able to wake up if necessary.
  • General anesthesia where patients are asleep and completely unconscious throughout the whole procedure.

What Is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation one of the many types of sedation used in dentistry, along with nitrous oxide sedation, IV sedation, and deep sedation or general anesthesia.

Through oral sedation, the range of sedation dentists can put patients under in can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, a pill is taken about an hour before the dental procedure. The pill will not put you to sleep, but rather relax and calm you down. The same pills may also be used for moderate sedation, but will have to be taken at a larger dose.

More likely than not, patients sedated through oral sedation will fall asleep during the procedure. Although, they can easily be woken up with a gentle shake.

Is It Safe?

Yes, sedation is generally safe, for kids, adults and the elderly. However, with anesthesia, there are always some risks. For example, those with obstructive sleep apnea and those with weight issues may want to talk to their doctors first to discuss if sedation is safe for them. Also, to minimize the risk of complication, it’s important for patients to only go to an experienced and well-trained dentist.

The proficiency of the dentist is an important factor, as there are necessary trainings and qualifications that dentists have to go through to be able to administer a certain type of sedation.

To be safe, make sure you that you do the following:

  • Ask your dentist if you’re a good candidate for oral sedation. Regardless of the answer, ask your dentist to explain.
  • Research about the dentist’s qualifications. Find out if the dentist has had ample training and experience using sedation. It may be necessary for you to ask your dentist directly.
  • Ask your dentist to go over the risks of the procedure. Aside from this, ask to receive a form that fully details all of the possible risks and complications of the procedure. If you’re unsure about something, do not be afraid to ask.

If you’re afraid that your dentist will find you annoying for asking so many questions, don’t be. Chances are, they’ve encountered patients with similar worries and concerns in the past.

In any case, be sure to consider oral sedation, or any type of sedation, so that you and your teeth start getting the proper dental treatment and care from now on.

If you feel that you would benefit from oral sedation at your next dental appointment, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to let him know. For additional information regarding oral sedation visit