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Pain Free & Worry Free Dentistry

At South Bay Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, we take the time to get to know every patient and find out about any dental phobias they may have. Some patients become very anxious about certain procedures, especially when needles are involved. We are always careful to make sure our patients feel calm, safe and comfortable the entire time they are in our office. We use local anesthetic like Novocain before any procedures that might be painful and we offer stronger sedation methods like nitrous oxide or oral sedation for invasive procedures like tooth extractions or root canals, as well as for patients with severe phobias.

 

Safe and Effective Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide is probably the most common type of sedation for dental procedures like root canals and tooth extractions. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is administered using a mask right before the procedure. All you have to do is breathe in and out slowly and deeply and you’ll experience a state of deep relaxation. The gas won’t completely put you to sleep but you will be completely carefree during the procedure. Often patients have no memory of the procedure at all. If you have any questions about nitrous oxide sedation, feel free to ask Dr. Mileham during your next visit to our Rancho Palos Verdes office.

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Oral Sedation Helps Nervous Patients With Dental Anxieties

At South Bay Center for Aesthetic Dentistry we also offer oral sedation. This sedation method can be used by patients who will be undergoing complicated dental procedures, as well as by patients with fears and phobias. The main benefit of oral sedation is that it allows patients to very effectively reduce their anxiety levels before setting foot in the dental office. Dr. Mileham will give you prescribed medication, in pill form, to take at home before you head to our Rancho Palos Verdes office for your procedure. This medication will place you into a relaxed and amenable state, enabling you to get through the procedure without any awareness of pain or discomfort. Remember that when you are scheduled for oral sedation you are not okay to drive to our office after taking sedation medication so you must make other arrangements.