Playa Del Rey Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry Playa Del Rey, CA

If you need to have dental work completed, we recommend visiting a sedation dentist. At Jerome A. Guttman, DDS , we offer sedation dentistry for patients living in and around the Playa Del Rey area. We understand that for millions of adults, visiting the dentist can be an overwhelming or frightening experience due to dental anxiety. This common condition typically starts with a negative experience or becoming fearful of the general idea of dentistry. While common, you do not have to be concerned about visiting our dentist office because we work to ensure your comfort the entire time.

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What You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry

When you schedule an appointment with us, let us know if you have dental anxiety so that we can prepare for your visit accordingly. For many people, the actual procedure is not uncomfortable but it is the anxiety and worry that causes angst. With this in mind, we often prescribe an oral sedative or laughing gas that can be administered prior to the appointment to help a person relax. While this is not a pain killer, it eases the fear and relaxes the body so that you can remain peaceful while having teeth cleaned, or dental work performed. While the dosage is different, laughing gas can be used on both children and adults so that all of our Playa Del Rey patients can remain comfortable.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

What if you could have all the dentistry that you've been putting off for years in only a few comfortable visits? What if you could finally receive all that treatment while nearly asleep, free of fear and pain? Sedation Dentistry offers anxiety-free dental procedures as the patient is in a deeply relaxed state, though fully responsive. It means something even more important: a comfortable experience - usually with no recollection of the time passed. Experience sedation dentistry once, and you can overcome your fears and may never be afraid to go to the dentist again. Relax, while we create the smile you've dreamed about in as little as one appointment!

Dr. Guttman realizes that there are a lot of legitimate reasons why many people stay away from the dentist. It’s been estimated that almost half of the population have some kind of dental fear, from patients who feel a little uncomfortable, to those who are so terrified they can’t even enter a dental office. Whether it’s fear or something else that’s keeping you away, Dr. Guttman can offer you many options to have you completely calm and pain-free throughout your appointment. These are: nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation. The choice of which one(s) we use always depends on the needs of the patient.

When Dr. Guttman uses one of his sedation techniques, you don’t really fall asleep, even though it frequently feels like you did. That’s because sedation feels so relaxing and peaceful that you don't even notice the passing of time. Many of the medications used in sedation dentistry have an amnesiac effect as well, leaving patients with little or no memory of their dental appointment, and further adding to the feeling that the patient was asleep. Because of this, Dr. Guttman is often able to accomplish the work of several appointments in just one, all while you relax!

Is Sedation for me?

Sedation is extremely effective for most healthy adults. For many people, it is the answer they have been looking for all their lives. Discuss sedation with Dr. Guttman if any of the following sounds like you:

  • You are highly uncomfortable in the dentist’s office
  • You are too scared to even call the dentist to make an appointment
  • You can’t tolerate the smells and sounds of the dentist’s office
  • You are delaying treatment you know you need
  • You are in pain when you eat, but too anxious about the dentist to take care of it
  • You have trouble getting numb – the anesthetic doesn’t seem to work on you
  • You are concerned about how many dental appointments you know you’ll need
  • You are hoping to have the work of several appointments done in just one or two
  • You have extremely sensitive teeth
  • You have a strong gag reflex, especially when the dentist is working in your mouth
  • You have trouble with jaw soreness when you have to keep your mouth open
  • You have back or neck pain when you sit in a dental chair
  • You are afraid of needles

If you would like to know more about the services we provide or have any questions, please call (310) 683-5320 or send us a message. Dr. Guttman will personally respond to your message. Local anesthesia can eliminate pain for most people, but sometimes that’s not enough. Sedation dentistry uses medications to relax patients which makes for a totally comfortable dental experience.

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Getting Started

If you live in the Playa Del Rey area and are interested in visiting a sedation dentist, call (310) 683-5320 to schedule your appointment. At Jerome A. Guttman, DDS , we will take the time to get to know you and understand what all of your concerns are prior to making a formal recommendation as to the type of sedation dentistry that you should consider. We will also need to know if you have any other health issues, risks, or are allergic to anything. Typically, if you have responded well to pain medication or sedation in other medical treatments, you will do well with sedation dentistry and not experience any negative side effects. Still, if you have questions or concerns be sure to discuss them with us. With any type of dental work, it is important to be well informed and make a decision that you feel is best for your health and your goals. As such, we want you to be an informed and educated patient. Thanks to modern technology, if you are afraid of having dental work done or visiting the dentist in general, you no longer have to be. As a sedation dentist, we can ensure that your experience is a positive one. Call 310-683-5320 for more information or to get started.

If you live in the Playa Del Rey area, call (310) 683-5320 to schedule your dental exam so that you can remain in good health or receive treatment for a current condition.

Definition of Dental Terminology
Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
Decay
Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
Dental Caries
Dental caries are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
Dental Checkup
A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
Dental Filling
A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
Dental Prophylaxis
A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
Dental Sealants
Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
Dentist
A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
Tartar
Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.

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