Neil N. Hadaegh, DDS

Thomas j. stelmach, DDS

310.659.5399

Gentle Dentistry

We respect the power of dental fear. It stops people from going to the dentist, and that can have a major impact on the health of your teeth, your physical health and your mental outlook. That’s why our office specializes in gentle dentistry. So whether you suffer from panic attacks, claustrophobia in the dental chair, or have had traumatic dental experiences in the past, trust that we have solutions to make your experience free of anxiety and pain.


Trust Our Dedication to Gentle

We provide a full complement of sedative techniques ranging from oral and nitrous oxide to IV sedation. Prior to your treatment, you and Dr. Hadaegh will discuss and decide which approach will be perfect for you. Here are some of our gentle our tools and techniques. We continually monitor dental advancements and add the best new technologies to our practice.

Oral Sedatives:

Dr. Hadaegh can provide you with appropriate anti-anxiety medication in pill form. Often this – along with the gentle techniques we use during procedures – is sufficient for patients with mild dental fear. If this is your preferred route, be aware you will need someone to drive you home after your treatment.

IV Sedation:

Intravenous sedation is a controlled, deeper form of sedation in which an anti-anxiety drug is administered into the bloodstream causing you to achieve a state of “deep conscious sedation.” You’ll be relaxed and will likely have little to no memory of the procedure afterward. Read all the details about dental sedation.

Numbing Gel:

Formally known as Topical anesthetic, this gel is used to numb your gums or other tissues prior to anesthesia. We use these gels during cleanings as well to assure comfort and minimize gag reflexes. It comes in yummy flavors – ask for strawberry, mint, bubblegum, and more.

The Wand:

This is a computerized system that slowly injects small doses of anesthesia without the pain associated with needles. Learn more about the wand.

Nitrous Oxide:

Often called ‘laughing gas’, nitrous is used in combination with a mild anesthetic. Users typically report a relaxed, dreamy mental state. When your dental work is complete, you will begin inhaling oxygen and the effects of the nitrous will immediately dissipate.

Isolite Dental System:

This unique mouthpiece system takes the work (and stress) out of keeping your mouth open throughout your dental procedure. Easy to insert and comfortable, it does the work for you. And this great innovation also incorporates lighting that makes your teeth even more visible to Dr. Hadaegh. Learn more about Isolite.