Sedation Dentistry in La Mirada


Sedation dentistry is a method of placing patients into a relaxed state before a dental procedure. Dental sedation is the administration of certain medications through inhalation, consumption, or through an IV to induce the patients into a state of calm. The sedative can range from mild to very deep or unconscious states. 

Sedation is used for dental procedures because it reduces dental anxiety, increases cooperation, and reduces pain sensitivity. If you’re interested in dental sedation, contact our dental office in La Mirada today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Charles Kim.

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Sedation can help with dental anxiety

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Before Dr. Kim can approve you as a candidate for sedation, he needs to perform a thorough review of your medical history. You will need to inform Dr. Kim of any present medical conditions, pregnancy, or medications that you take.

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To prepare for oral conscious sedation, you will need to fast for 6 hours before the procedure. You will also need to arrange for rides to and fro the appointment since you will not be able to drive.

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You will take an anti-anxiety pill one hour before your appointment. It may take 30-60 minutes to metabolize.

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Once the sedative has kicked in, you will feel relaxed and a bit sleepy but will remain fully conscious during the procedure. Once the procedure is over, you may not remember much.

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You may feel like you’ve returned to normal within 2- hours but you will need to refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery for the next 24 hours. Someone will need to drive you home and monitor you for the rest of the day.


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This sedative is delivered in pill form. The patient will take anti-anxiety medication, usually a benzodiazepine, one hour before their procedure. This sedative takes longer to metabolize than other types. 

This type of sedation can be mild or moderate and depends on the dosage of the sedative. This sedative is more effective at relieving severe anxiety than nitrous oxide which is very mild. Oral conscious sedation makes patients feel the following effects:

  • Groggy and tired
  • Relaxed
  • The patient may fall asleep
  • The patient is conscious and can respond to questions
  • Eliminates pain
  • The amnesic effect can cause patient to forget the procedure


Dental sedation does more than just relieve patient anxiety and make them feel relaxed. It also suppresses sensitive gag reflexes, reduces pain sensitivity, enables restless patients to sit still for long periods, and helps children to cooperate. 

These benefits help the dentist get more work done in fewer appointments. The patient’s relaxation and tendency to forget the procedure helps to alleviate future dental anxiety.

Did you know…

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About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.

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Have questions about implant dentistry? Find answers here. 

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How are dental implants made?

A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab. 

There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.

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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. 

However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years. 

Can dental implants get infected?

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It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery. 

You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed. 

Will dental implants stop bone loss?

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Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy. 

When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.

Can dental implants be done in one day?

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Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary. 

As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.

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Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.

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