Sedation Dentistry Specialist

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Viva Smile

General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Van Nuys, CA & Granada Hills, CA

Going to the dentist can make anyone nervous, which is why Gohar Hovsepyan, DDS, at Viva Smile offers sedation dentistry for patients prone to anxiety. With two offices conveniently located in Van Nuys and Granada Hills, California, Viva Smile provides a wide range of sedation options to help its patients overcome their dental anxiety and get the best treatment possible. Don’t let dental fear keep you from a beautiful and healthy smile. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the practice of keeping patients calm and at-ease during dental procedures by administering certain sedatives before or during their treatment. 

Whether you’re struggling dental phobias or are simply a little nervous going into your procedure, sedation dentistry can put you in a more relaxed state, enabling your Viva Smile dentist more time to provide you with proper and effective care. 

Sedation dentistry can be used for virtually every dental procedure, from more involved oral surgeries to simple routine cleanings.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or would like to be more relaxed during their dental treatment.

Ask your dentist about sedation dentistry when you come into Viva Smile for your treatment. They can give you a more thorough assessment to determine if you’re an appropriate candidate by evaluating your:

  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Emotional state during your office visit
  • Level of comfort in the dental chair
  • Pain tolerance
  • Gag reflex

Your dentist will also consider the amount of dental work you need. In certain cases, your dentist might need a note from your primary care physician in order to clear you for sedation dentistry.

What sedation dentistry options are there?

Viva Smile offers a few different types of sedation options, including:

IV sedation

Intravenous sedation is injected into your bloodstream through a small needle in your arm or hand. IV sedation leaves you conscious, but much more relaxed throughout your procedure.

Nitrous oxide sedation

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” has been used in dentistry since the 1800s. It’s an odorless gas that temporarily relaxes you and alleviates anxiety. It’s administered through a mask that’s placed over your nose. Laughing gas is commonly used with children, but it’s appropriate for adults, as well.

Oral conscious sedation

Oral conscious sedation is a pill that you take orally about an hour before you come in for your treatment. It keeps you relaxed throughout your entire treatment, and will probably last for a little while after you’re done with your procedure. Because oral sedation can take some time to wear off, Viva Smile recommends that you have somebody drive you home from your appointment.

To learn more about how sedation dentistry at Viva Smile can help ease your dental anxieties, call the office today or book a visit online.

There are many patients that don’t go to the dentist simply because of fear. Many patients want or yearn to care for their oral health but let their nerves and fear take over that can lead to years of neglect. However, at our dental office in Granada Hills, we strive to provide you with the best dental service possible and will make sure you are comfortable. We specialize in sedation methods for nervous patients and are confident we will have a solution for you. Oral health is priceless and we don’t want your fears to get the best of you.

There are different kinds of sedation methods that are used at Viva Smile dental office. These include:


IV Sedation
Intravenous sedation (which is also known as IV sedation) or sleep sedation is a procedure in which safe medication is used to keep patients relaxed as they are treated. The medication is injected via a small needle that is placed on your arm or hand. As the patient, you will remain conscious at all times, however, you will be completely relaxed.


Nitrous Oxide Sedation
This is most commonly known as “laughing gas” because it relaxes the patient and helps him or her overcome anxieties. This type of sedation is harmless and is administered via mask that is placed over the patient’s nose during treatment. This kind of sedation is often used on children but can also be used on adults.


Oral Conscious Sedation
This kind of sedation method is completed via oral medication. One hour or so prior to treatment, your Viva Smile dentist will give you a pill that will need to be taken orally. This medication will help calm fears and anxieties which will help prepare you for your dental treatment and will allow you to remain relaxed until the treatment is complete.