Dental Sedation

Dr. Tozzer provides both oral and IV sedation for anxiety-free dentistry

Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Is your smile suffering from years of neglect? Once you've experienced sedation dentistry with Dr. Tozzer, you'll never be afraid to go to the dentist again.

You'll be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were relaxing. You'll wake up refreshed, with little or no memory of what was accomplished.

Because you are completely comfortable, we can do years of dental treatments in one or two visits. We can replace crowns or dentures, restore sore gums to good health, whiten yellow or stained teeth, fix a chipped tooth, and more. People with very busy schedules can get the dental care they need, easily and quickly.

Imagine being able to smile with confidence and chew your food without pain. No wonder so many patients say: "Sedation dentistry changed my life."

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Q. Am I a candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

A. If you can answer "yes" to any of these, you are a candidate for sedation dentistry:

High fear
Traumatic dental experiences
Difficulty getting numb
A bad gag reflex
Very sensitive teeth
Complex dental problems
Limited time to complete dental care
Hate needles and shots!
Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
Are afraid or embarrassed about your teeth
Just want to get it done and "forget" the whole experience

Q. How do I know if I'm a candidate for Dental Implants?

A. To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation with your dentist is necessary to evaluate your teeth, gums and bone density. Based on the conditions of your oral tissues and oral and personal hygiene, your dentist will help you choose if implant treatment is right for you.

Q. I'm afraid of pain. I had a bad experience.

A. Try Sedation Dentistry

You'll be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were snoozing. You'll wake up refreshed, with little or no memory of what was accomplished. Because you are completely comfortable, we can do years of dental treatment in one or two visits.

We can replace crowns or dentures, restore sore gums to good health, whiten yellow or stained teeth, fix a chipped tooth, and more. People with very busy schedules can get the dental care they need, easily and quickly. Imagine being able to smile more confidently. No wonder so many patients say: "Sedation dentistry changed my life."

Q. Is Dental Sedation safe?

A. Yes, sedation dentistry is both safe an effective. You will be monitored closely and cautiously throughout the entire procedure.

Dr. Tozzer has been performing sedation dentistry for over 30 years. In addition, Dr. Tozzer has been selected by the State of California to ensure that other dental professionals are complying with safety regulations and conducts training at the USC Dental School on sedation safety.

Q. Is there any down time associated with dental implant procedures?

A. In most cases there is minimal down time associated with dental implant procedures and patients can return to work the following day. Following your procedure, you may experience slight swelling of the gums and minor bleeding around the implant site but all symptoms should subside shortly after.

Q. What are Dental Implants?

A. When it comes to replacing one or more teeth in your mouth, a dental implant is often the treatment of choice and is also one of the most conservative treatments for tooth replacement. Implants are biocompatible posts that replace the roots of your missing teeth. They are physically and biologically designed to attach to your jaw bone and become the foundation for a natural looking restoration.

Your new tooth or teeth will have excellent stability and strength, and will look and feel like your natural teeth.

Q. What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

A. There are countless benefits associated with dental implant procedures, including the following:
- Replacement teeth look, feel and function with the same stability and strength as natural teeth
- Improved cosmetic appearance
- Ability to chew without pain or gum irritation
- Stop or prevent bone loss damage of surrounding teeth
- Improved confidence and quality of life

Q. Will dentures affect the way I eat?

A. adjustment period during which, you will need to get used to the feel of the dentures in your mouth. At first, you may experience increased salvation or a sensation of fullness in the mouth but this will subside after you become more comfortable with your dentures.

While adjusting to your dentures you should eat foods that are naturally soft or liquid, such as soups. After the initial adjustment period, you can resume normal eating, however there are still some precautions that should be taken to ensure comfort and prevent damage to your dentures. These precautions include, chewing equally on both sides of your mouth and being cautious of sticky or very hot foods, ie. candy apples.

As long as you follow the direction of your doctor and take the proper precautions, once you get used to your new dentures, you should be able to eat anything you like.

Q. Will my dentures need to be replaced?

A. Over time, dentures may need to be relined, rebased or remade due to normal wear and tear. Although your teeth are gone, your mouth and gums continue to change shape for the rest of your life. Because your dentures will not change with the shape of your mouth, they may need to be adjusted or remade in the future.