Dental Care of Beverly Hills




We understand that dental work is not always easy to face and some patients experience such a degree of anxiety that it is near impossible to undergo dental treatment. There are also some treatments that are simply best done under sedation due to the nature of the procedure. For these reasons we are proud to be able to offer our Beverly Hills sedation dentistry techniques to our patients.


Sedation dentistry, sometimes called ‘sleep dentistry’ involves the use of sedatives before or during dental procedures to relax the patient enough to complete the oral work without patient discomfort. These methods have been in use for over a century and are safe and efficient. Our doctors have completed specialized training in sedation dentistry techniques that take their skill and knowledge in this area well beyond what is standardly taught in dental school. When considering sedation dentistry, there are various options and levels of sedation to choose from. Either Dr. Rifkin or Dr. Raanan will assess your level of dental anxiety and overall needs to help you choose a comfortable and conservative form of sedation for your procedure.
Female patient receiving dental treatment in stomatology clinic


We offer several methods of sedation, including:

Oral Sedation:

A pill-form, low level of sedation. Commonly used for patients who fear needles or exhibit slight anxiety over getting dental work done. One pill is administered the night before the procedure to help the patient sleep comfortably, and the second is taken an hour before the procedure is to be done. The prescriptions used for oral sedation include diazepam, triazolam, lorazepam, hydroxyzine, and zaleplon. The effects of this form of sedation vary based on dosage and prescription used.

Nitrous Oxide:

The level of sedation with nitrous oxide is slightly more intense than that of oral sedation. Treatment involves the placing of a mask over the patient’s nose so the patient may inhale the gas. The flow of gas can be adjusted by the dentist to achieve the correct level of sedation for the patient’s optimal comfort. The sedation wears off once the patient receives pure oxygen. The effects of nitrous oxide also leave the patients feeling lighter and carefree.

Intravenous Sedation:

The most aggressive form of sedation used in instances where the patient exhibits strong anxieties about receiving dental care or requires an invasive procedure. The patient remains conscious through the procedure, however, no memory of it is kept. Patients who opt for IV sedation describe the experience as feeling as though they have slept through their entire procedure.


Sedation dentistry may be the right option for you if you:
  • Fear dental tools or needles
  • Have had previous negative experiences with dental work
  • Are uncomfortable with the sounds, smells, or tastes associated with dental work
  • Have extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Have difficulty reacting to numbing agents
  • For any reason, have a high degree of anxiety about undergoing dental work


Call us or use the form below to request a consultation. Once we receive your request, a member of our staff will reach out to arrange your appointment.