Oral Sedation Dentistry
When founding Formosa Dental Arts, Alexander Chang, DDS, and his team wanted to make quality dental care available to all patients – including those who have dental anxiety. Since millions of Americans suffer with some level of fear when it comes to the dentist, providing a positive, relaxing, friendly dental office became a priority for Dr. Chang.
Compassionate Dental Care
We care for each patient with their individual needs in mind. If you experience dental anxiety, you are not alone! We provide gentle dentistry in a compassionate environment. Dr. Chang’s friendly nature and experience with treating fearful patients will make your dental visits stress-free.
For patients who need additional help relaxing, we offer nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation to make your dental procedures completely anxiety- and pain-free.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
For those patients who just need a little help relaxing, nitrous oxide sedation may provide a solution. This mild form of sedation is convenient because it enters and leaves your system very quickly. You can drive home and resume normal activities on the same day.
Delivered through a small nose mask, Dr. Chang can control nitrous oxide levels throughout your procedure to ensure proper dosage for your entire appointment. Once your procedure is complete and we discontinue administering nitrous oxide, you will feel completely normal in just a few minutes.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For patients with moderate or high levels of anxiety, oral conscious sedation provides a solution to help you get the dental care you need to stay healthy and protect your smile!
Oral conscious sedation utilizes prescription medication to help you achieve a high level of relaxation. We provide a mild relaxant for use before your sedation appointment so that you arrive feeling very relaxed. We will then administer the sedation medication and wait for it to take full effect before we begin any treatment. Most patients report having little or no memory of their treatment and no stress, anxiety, or discomfort at all during their treatment. Because oral sedation dentistry is long lasting, you will need someone to drive you home from your appointment.
During your appointment, you will remain conscious, but feel completely comfortable. We will closely monitor your vitals during your procedure and constantly ensure your safety. In addition to the sedative effects of the medication we use, patients can enjoy a number of added benefits:
Reduced gag reflex – For our patients who have a strong gag reflex, oral sedation will reduce the gagging sensation so you can have your necessary dentistry comfortably.
More effective anesthetic – Anxiety can make getting and staying numb difficult for some patients. By reducing anxiety, the anesthetic we use will be more effective, helping you experience truly pain-free dentistry.
Longer treatment appointments – We can complete longer treatment plans that will feel like a breeze. You may even find that while you are under sedation you doze off during treatment, and that's ok! Your appointment will seem quick and easy.
Most healthy patients qualify for oral sedation dentistry. We will perform a complete medical history to make sure that oral sedation dentistry is safe for you.
Contact Us for a Sedation Dentistry Consultation
Our team looks forward to welcoming you to our Irvine, CA dental office! Our experience and gentle approach to dental care will put you at ease and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!