Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry | La Canada

For some people, dental appointments can be an occasion for anxiety. Through sedation dentistry, La Canada patients can address important health needs with less stress and without pain. Below, Lytle, Tate and Stamper—an oral surgery practice serving Southern California—answers questions about this service.

What is sedation dentistry?

The term is defined differently by many professionals, but when we say “sedation dentistry,” La Canada patients can understand it to mean the practice of removing the sensation of pain and easing patient anxiety. Since the work of Lytle, Tate and Stamper focuses on dental surgery, we are speaking specifically about sedation during advanced dental procedures.

When is sedation dentistry important?

Your LTS doctor may recommend sedation when the procedure is likely to stimulate sensitive areas in your mouth. Likewise, sedation dentistry may be necessary for La Canada patients who will be undergoing lengthy procedures or procedures that would not be comfortable with full sensitivity.

What types of sedation does LTS utilize?

As both experts in surgery and dental care, Lytle, Tate and Stamper’s staff can provide a range of sedation options depending on their suitability to the patient’s needs. These include:
• Local anesthesia, which affects only the portion of the body on which the doctor is operating.
• Light sedation combined with local anesthesia, which can reduce the patient’s activity and awareness during the procedure.
• General anesthesia, in which the patient is fully asleep throughout the process.

Our La Canada staff is highly trained in each of these sedation dentistry methods. Our oral surgery assistants are certified in outpatient anesthesia, and our office has up-to-date operating rooms that allow for its safe delivery.

How is the sedation method determined?

Your Lytle, Tate and Stamper doctor will take several factors into account when deciding which level of sedation you require.

The first and most important is your safety. Patients must be healthy enough for whichever form of sedation the doctor chooses, and while some patients may be a fit for general anesthesia, others may require local anesthesia.

Another important factor is the intensity of the procedure. Dental implants, for example, may be created with a local anesthetic only, but some patients prefer the relaxing effects of additional sedation. Deeply-impacted wisdom teeth, however, may require a greater level of sedation to ensure that patients do not perceive pain.

Patient preferences and concerns are also taken into account to ensure that treatment is successful and as comfortable as possible.

About Our Work

Lytle, Tate and Stamper is a practice of private professionals who specialize in dental surgery. Our doctors have received advanced training and are recognized experts in the field of maxillofacial and oral surgery. Pasadena, Glendale, and La Canada patients can visit any of our local offices to address a range of concerns, from dental implants to jaw realignment to wisdom teeth extraction. With over 80 years of experience, our patients recognize the expertise and commitment we have to quality care.

Call or email Lytle, Tate and Stamper at their office in La Canada today for an appointment.