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Ease Your Fears With Sedation

Fear of the dentist and dental work is common among both children and adults. This fear causes many patients to avoid the dentist and only go in once they start experiencing physical pain. Unfortunately, by this point, more invasive procedures are often the necessary course of action. And while it’s understandable that going to the dentist may not be your favorite activity, avoiding it is the last thing you want to do.

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The Dental “Fear”

Dental work is often uncomfortable, there is no getting around that fact. Sitting back with your mouth open wide and the dentist poking around with tools and mirrors is far from a holiday. Combine that with the sound of the drill and the underlying knowledge that something in your mouth isn’t right, and you are undoubtedly left with nerves, stress, and even fear. Dentists understand this, and even though you may be scared, it’s essential to remember that dentistry is meant to fix your dental issues so you don’t have further problems down the line. Unfortunately, avoiding the dentist only makes things worse by causing you to postpone the treatments you need. Once you start putting off your check-ups, you run the risk of needing more invasive procedures. While dental work can be simple, with relatively little discomfort early on, it will only worsen the longer it’s put off. While there is no way to make the physical process of dental work fun, there are ways to ease your fears.

Sedation Options

One of the most difficult parts of dental work is that you are aware of what is happening. You can see everything and you can hear everything. For most people, this causes unneeded stress. Instead of putting yourself through this, and instead of using it as an excuse to avoid the dentist, consider combining your dental work with sedation. Sedation provides additional comfort and safety by easing your anxiety. There are several levels of sedation available to make you physically comfortable and to ease your mind. While some patients find that light sedation, such as the kind provided by inhaled or oral sedation, is enough, others may find that general anesthesia, where you are entirely asleep, is best. No matter what stage of sedation you would prefer, it’s important that you find what you need to make you feel comfortable. There is no reason that you should fear the dentist. After all, they are there to help you, and if combining sedation with your dental visit is what is necessary, then allow sedation to ease your fears.

For more information about the types of sedation that Dr. Sands offers, contact his office by calling 310.273.0111 to set up a consultation.


Sedation Dentistry to Put You at Ease

Dr. Sands offers sedation dentistry for patients who may be anxious or fearful when visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry is also an option for those who may have a sensitive gag reflex, a special needs child, or no time for multiple visits to the dentist for more extensive procedures. Sedation allows you to be either completely relaxed or asleep during treatment so that none of these things are a concern. During your initial consultation for a dental procedure, Dr. Sands will help determine if sedation dentistry is right for you.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

  • Feel comfortable instead of anxious during treatment
  • Save time with fewer visits for extensive procedures
  • Avoid the fear of needles or potential pain
  • Avoid the sound of drilling or scraping
  • Avoid triggering a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have no memory of the procedure
  • Keeps special needs patients relaxed

How Sedation Dentistry Works

Various options for either light sedation or complete sedation are available to keep you comfortable during your treatment. Dr. Sands will ensure your needs are safely and efficiently met and that all your questions are answered before your procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is sedation?

Sedation keeps patients comfortable and relaxed during their procedure with the help of various medications. You can choose to be either completely asleep or awake, yet relaxed, during treatment.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Oral or intravenous medications, or nitrous oxide (laughing gas), will keep you relaxed, yet responsive, during treatment. If you need deeper sedation, general anesthesia will put you to sleep completely so that you have no recollection of the procedure.

How is sedation administered?

Light sedation is administered with a pill that will help you relax. Laughing gas has the same effect and is inhaled through a breathing mask. If deeper sedation or general anesthesia is desired, medication is administered through an IV under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. With all sedation methods, local anesthesia is applied to numb the area.

How can I prepare for sedation?

You should arrange to have someone drive you to and from your appointment and spend two to four hours with you after your procedure to help you with anything you may need until the effects of the anesthesia wear off.

The Kevin Sands Dentistry Difference

Dr. Kevin Sands A bright, beautiful, and healthy smile is often the goal when a person makes a trip to the dentist. It is no surprise that the teeth, as the center of the face, can affect the overall facial profile.

An attractive smile is what everyone wants to achieve, so why not get it done in style? At the office of Dr. Kevin Sands, every patient can expect VIP treatment. We offer cutting-edge dental equipment in a relaxing and comfortable environment. You can have all of your dental needs addressed with Dr. Sands’ one-of-a-kind service.

The “Rolls Royce” of Dentistry

Known as the “premier dentist to the stars,” Dr. Sands is a groundbreaking dental artist; he creates beautiful smiles on famous faces in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. For more than 15 years, he has provided patients with picture-perfect smiles. As one of the most sought-after dentists in the world, Kevin Sands has had patients travel from all over the globe to experience the Kevin Sands dentistry difference.

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Waiting Rooms

At the dental office of Dr. Sands, patients can expect comfort and style, making their experience like no other. With state-of-the-art massaging dental chairs, digital imaging equipment, and flat screen televisions in every room, patients can receive overall dental care in a professional and relaxing environment.

Our waiting rooms were made to provide patients with a relaxing experience. The walls, decor, and custom-made couches are designed to create a calming atmosphere for patients.

If you’re ready to walk down our red carpet, you can have all of your dental needs addressed at what we like to call “The Spa of Dentistry.”

Patients can take advantage of all of the services Dr. Sands offers, including:

Dr. Sands and his highly skilled staff can create a custom dental plan that will make you want to smile. He offers overall dental care, including cosmetic dentistry, and employs a number of techniques to help patients receive results that are not only beautiful but also reflect who they are.

Have all of your dentistry needs met in style! If you are ready to experience the Kevin Sands difference, contact our office to schedule an appointment. You can schedule a consultation by calling (310) 273-0111 or by filling out our online contact form.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

BenefitsFor some people, the thought of going to the dentist sends their heart racing and their hands trembling with anxiety. Some are so anxious about dental procedures that they completely avoid the dentist at all costs. Dr. Kevin Sands is a highly skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist, and he does everything within his power to make every patient as comfortable as possible. Nonetheless, for those who become overly anxious about the thought of going to the dentist, sedation dentistry allows patients to take care of their teeth with a stress-free experience.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps patients to be fully relaxed throughout dental procedures so that visits to the dentist are worry-free and pain-free. Medications including nitrous oxide, ketamine, Halcion, propofol, and midazolam help to calm, relax, or put you to sleep. The medication that is right for you will be determined based on your level of anxiety. Patients can receive inhaled sedation by breathing normally, oral sedation by swallowing a pill, IV sedation through a vein, or inhaled or IV sedation so that they are completely unconscious during the procedure.

Making Your Dental Visit Pain-Free and Worry-Free

Sedation dentistry facilitates a painless and carefree dental visit so that patients are more comfortable with the procedure. The benefits of sedation dentistry are a huge blessing for patients who have always felt anxious about going to the dentist or who have developed anxiety because of previous dental pain, dental issues, or a bad experience with a former dentist. Dental anxiety can be strong and may make it difficult for patients to want to visit the dentist, but with sedation dentistry, patients can feel more relaxed or even sleep through the entire experience. Avoiding the dentist because of anxiety can lead to dental issues such as gum disease, cavities, and infections. Without regular dental visits, these problems continue unchecked until more costly, painful, and difficult procedures are needed to correct them. Due to sedation dentistry, anxious and uncomfortable patients can keep their teeth healthy with stress-free dental visits.

To have a worry-free and stress-free dental experience, schedule your dental appointment with Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Kevin Sands. Call our office at (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form to request an appointment today.

Oral Health for Overall Health

If you’re like most people, you probably think that brushing and flossing are just for keeping those pearly whites healthy and beautiful. However, did you know that your oral health can affect the health of the rest of your body? Your mouth is an entryway into your body, so problems in your mouth can easily allow bacteria and other harmful germs to travel into your body and cause problems. So, while good oral hygiene can help keep your body healthy, not taking care of your teeth can have negative effects on your body.

Oral problems commonly lead to problems associated with the following body systems:

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  • Brain
  • Bones
  • Blood pressure

Gum Disease and Body Diseases

Bacterial growth in your mouth as a result of poor oral hygiene usually leads to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), which often leads to gum disease as the bacteria in plaque builds up. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease (periodontitis), is a chronic inflammatory condition that can have detrimental effects on the body. Gingivitis and gum disease allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and lead to inflammation and diseases in the body. Gum disease is associated with multiple body issues and diseases, including heart disease, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, premature birth, and diabetes. Diabetes also has a reciprocal relationship with gum disease; treatment of diabetes improves the condition of the mouth, and treatment of gum disease reduces the need for insulin.

Good Oral Hygiene Practices

To prevent poor oral health and the negative effects it can have on the body, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. You should brush twice daily and floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime, in addition to visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. There are also many benefits of chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating and drinking.

If you’re having an issue with your teeth, Dr. Kevin Sands offers a variety of services to help you maintain or improve your oral health, including porcelain veneers, Invisalign®, Zoom!® teeth whitening, dental implants, sedation dentistry, and dental bonding.

If you would like to improve the appearance and health of your teeth, Dr. Kevin Sands can help. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands, please call (310) 273-0111 today. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

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Many people, for one reason or another, are apprehensive about going to the dentist. They may have had a traumatic experience in their past, or they may simply be afraid of needles, drills, or pain. At the hands of a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Sands, patients have nothing to worry about. However, since Dr. Sands knows that fear of the dentist is still an issue for many people, he provides sedation dentistry at his Beverly Hills practice.

Sedation dentistry, also known as “sleep” dentistry or laughing gas, is the use of nitrous oxide to put patients at ease while they undergo the dental procedures they need or want. It is administered through a demand-valve inhaler that is placed over your nose and mouth, which begins to work just minutes after you inhale. This option is perfect for those who need an extensive amount of work done, as the patient may be able to tolerate a longer procedure while they are asleep. This can also prevent the need for multiple visits to the dental office.

Once the valve is removed, the effects of the nitrous oxide will immediately begin to wear off. Many patients are happy that they can go home after treatment without remembering a single thing about the procedure. The same effects can be achieved with oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation. Dr. Sands can help you choose the option that will best meet your needs before your procedure takes place.

Patient room at Dr. Sands office

As a celebrity cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sands offers many other accommodations at his practice that relax and pamper his valued patients. His office is equipped with flat screen TVs and DVDs for your enjoyment, as well as the latest, most advanced technology to shorten the time you spend in the dreaded dentist’s chair.

It is a primary goal at our practice to ensure our patients are comfortable, pain free, and stress free at every visit. If you are interested in cosmetic dental procedures or have questions about sedation dentistry, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin B. Sands by calling (310) 273-0111. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

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Request an appointment for a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands, or feel free to call our Los Angeles (north of Orange County) office at (310) 273-0111 for more information.