It is very common for patients to feel anxious or even fearful about going to the dentist, especially if they’ve had a bad experience in the past or they’re afraid of pain or discomfort during the procedure. As a result, many people opt to receive some form of sedation during dental treatments to help calm their nerves and relax during their appointment. This is often referred to as “sleep” dentistry.
Depending on your level of anxiety or discomfort, your sedation dentist will recommend one of three levels of sedation: mild, moderate, and deep. Mild sedation means that the patient is still awake but is very relaxed and comfortable during the procedure. Moderate sedation places a patient in a semi-awake state where they may not even remember the procedure being performed. Deep sedation puts patients completely asleep, and they do not respond to outside stimuli.
We offer three types of sedation so you can choose the one that is best for your needs:
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas): This is inhaled through a mask that goes over your nose. It helps to calm you right away but wears off quickly. You will remain awake enough to drive yourself home from our dental office afterward.
Oral Conscious Sedation: This type of medication will make you tired and relaxed during your visit but not put you to sleep. You will be awake and able to respond to questions during your procedure, but you may be more drowsy than usual for the rest of the day. You can plan on being at your best the following day.
IV Deep Sedation: This treatment is administered through an IV line, and you will be asleep for the entire duration of the procedure. You will need somebody to bring you to our office and drive you home afterward. You will also need someone to stay with you for 24 hours after your appointment to make sure you recover safely from the effects of the IV sedatives. You will need to make sure you eat a light meal before your procedure since you won’t be able to drive yourself anywhere, and you will be groggy after your treatment.
Enhanced Smiles, located in Tukwila, WA, offers the best dental care facilities at dentistry. Dial (206) 575-1000 and book an appointment with our dentist in Tukwila to learn more about dental restorative dental services and other dental care facilities.