Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry services offered in Seattle, WA

An estimated 36% of Americans feel anxious when visiting the dentist. At Seattle Crown Hill Dental in Seattle, Washington, the expert team understands how dental anxiety can interfere with your ability to receive quality oral health care. That’s why they offer sedation dentistry techniques. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about sedation dentistry. 

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to promote relaxation and relieve anxiety during dental procedures. The Seattle Crown Hill Dental team may pair your treatment with sedative medications if you have dental anxiety or are undergoing an invasive procedure. They can discuss your options beforehand to ensure a pleasant experience.

Are there different types of sedation dentistry?

Seattle Crown Hill Dental offers several types of sedation dentistry, such as:

Nitrous oxide

Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a colorless gas you inhale along with oxygen. The dental team places a mask over your nose, which allows them to control your sedation throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide takes effect within a few minutes. You may feel relaxed, euphoric, or giggly. 

The team introduces pure oxygen into your system to instantly counteract nitrous oxide’s effects. It is the only form of sedation that allows you to drive home after your visit.

Oral sedation

During oral sedation, the team gives you a pill about 40 minutes to one hour before your procedure. You may fall asleep, but you still remain conscious. It can take hours for the effects of oral sedatives to wear off, so you must coordinate a ride home after your visit.

After a comprehensive evaluation, your dentist at Seattle Crown Hill Dental can administer the appropriate type of sedation.

How can I prepare for sedation dentistry?

Nitrous oxide typically doesn’t require any preparation, but other forms of sedation dentistry do. If you’re visiting for oral sedation your dentist may instruct you not to eat or drink for up to eight hours before your procedure. The team may also ask you to stop taking certain medications or supplements for a few days before your visit.

Why might I need sedation dentistry?

Patients of all ages can benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation techniques are ideal for patients with:

  • Dental anxiety or phobias
  • Highly sensitive teeth
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Special needs
  • A fear of needles

The team may also recommend sedation dentistry if you’re sensitive to certain noises and scents.

Call Seattle Crown Hill Dental or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about sedation dentistry.