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Sedation Dentistry for Those with High Anxiety

It is no surprise that dental hygiene requires more than flossing and brushing twice daily. In order to best protect your smile, prevent gum disease, and ensure a healthy mouth, men, women, and children need to see a dentist annually—oftentimes, two to three times per year. But for some people, visiting the dentist causes extreme anxiety and can be a traumatic experience. Such dental anxiety includes the fears of potential discomfort or pain, temporary loss of control, and even claustrophobia. However, there are new techniques known as sedation dentistry that help to alleviate some of the anxiety of odontophobia or dentophobia. Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, allows patients with dental phobias to be treated for cosmetic, general, and medical dentistry without the intense fear usually experienced. Dr. Alexander Ash and his Studio City practice incorporate sedation dentistry in order to provide complete dental care for all patients.

To best treat phobia-stricken patients, Dr. Ash first meets potential clients during a dental consultation, where he considers both fear and medical history prior to treating a client. Once a patient has been approved for sleep dentistry, patients may be sedated in either of two ways: doctors may prescribe medicine to take prior to the patient’s next visit; or during the appointment, an M.D. anesthesiologist administers and monitors medication to patients. Most of the sedatives are used to relax the patient enough to reduce the anxiety of the dentist visits; some medications cause unconsciousness only under the close care of an anesthesiologist. During the cleaning or scheduled procedures, clients seem at ease, relaxed, and calm. In order to assure safety, all patients must have a ride to and from the office. (Source)

Dr. Alexander Ash’sStudio City dental practice has an on-site, licensed anesthesiologist M.D. to administer IV sedation while Dr. Ash performs comprehensive dental treatment on the patients.

Dental treatments under sedation Los Angeles, like Dr. Ash and his anesthesiologist, Dr. Farzad David Mahjoubi, help to provide dental care and procedures for clients who would normally avoid the dentist completely. Fear of the dentist is quite common in today’s society in which visits may involve dental x-rays, cleanings,dental implants under sedation Studio City, teeth whitening treatments, or other dental procedures. Sleep dentistry may be utilized in medical, general, or restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Studio Dental Care’s team, including Dr. Ash, his licensed anesthesiologist M.D., periodontist, maxillofacial surgeon, and dental hygienists, strive to offer patients a full spectrum of services in a relaxing and peaceful environment in Studio City, CA.

For more information regarding sedation dentistry in the Greater Los Angeles area and Studio City, please contact Studio Dental Care at (818) 960-6762.

Dr. Alexander Ash’s Studio City office is located at 12412 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Studio Dental Care serves patients in Encino, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, and thegreater Los Angeles area.


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