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Sedation dentistry in Pasadena makes it possible for individuals who are afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need. It provides a relaxing, anxiety-free experience for people who would otherwise avoid getting the dental care and treatment needed for good health. Depending on the patient’s level of fear, sedation dentistry can be used for anything from a simple cleaning to invasive procedures.

Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. provides sedation dentistry services to Pasadena and the surrounding area. At her holistic dental practice in Pasadena, Dr. Molayem has found nitrous oxide sedation to withstand the test of time as a safe and efficacious method, reducing barriers to care for patients who are fearful, phobic, or have special needs.

Levels of Dental Sedation

As patients have different levels of dental anxiety, there are different levels of sedation dentistry to treat it:

  • Light sedation: Minimal sedation leaves the patient relaxed, but still awake, alert, and able to respond as needed.
  • Moderate sedation: The patient remains conscious but probably won’t remember much of the dental procedure. Although able to communicate, the patient may feel groggy and slur his or her words. Some patients fall asleep, although they can be woken easily.
  • Deep sedation: Not in the category of conscious sedation, deep sedation leaves the patient semi-conscious or unconscious during the procedure. Recovery time is longer with deep sedation. The patient does not regain consciousness until the drug is reversed or wears off.

What Is Conscious Sedation?

Conscious sedation dentistry allows the patient to enter a state of relaxation yet remain awake for the procedure. Although feeling no pain, the patient is still able to respond to questions and instructions from the doctor during the dental treatment.

While administering a local anesthetic can help ensure the patient’s physical comfort, it is not always sufficient to reduce fear and anxiety. Conscious sedation is used to treat dental anxiety, so you can relax while your Pasadena sedation dentist works on your teeth.

Types of Conscious Sedation

A sedation dentist can administer conscious sedation in several different ways:

  • Inhalation sedation: This is done with nitrous oxide, administered through a mask placed over the patient’s nose. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is inhaled through the nose, expelled through the mouth, and wears off almost immediately after the procedure, with minimal side effects, for a quick recovery.
  • Oral sedation: Medication taken orally approximately one hour before the dental procedure produces a light to moderate sedation effect. The patient is awake and able to respond but may feel drowsy during treatment. Recovery is longer than with inhalation sedation. Side effects are rare but may include nausea and vomiting.
  • IV sedation: Medications delivered intravenously have a much faster effect than medications taken orally. This method allows the doctor to adjust the level of sedation during the procedure. IV sedation is considered moderate.

A notable benefit of a Pasadena sedation dentistry is that patients may feel their dental procedure took only minutes to perform, when it may have taken hours. Consequently, complex treatments such as extensive rebuilding or smile makeovers can be performed in fewer visits. In the practice of Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S., we offer sedation dentistry in Pasadena to help our patients receive the quality dental care they need.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

May 2020

Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • All patients must wear a mask when entering the office.
  • Anyone accompanying you will be asked to wait in their vehicle.
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • Upon arrival at your appointment your temperature will be taken for the safety of all staff and patients.
  • Prior to receiving treatment you will be asked to rinse with an antimicrobial for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • UV Air purifiers have been placed throughout the office.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time, so we ask that you do your best to be on time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (626)798-7834 or visit our website at pasadenasmilecenter@yahoo.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Sincerely, Niloufar Molayem, D.D.S. & Team

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