Sedation Dentistry/IV Sedation

Pain Free, Sleep Dentistry In Bellevue & Issaquah

Sedation DentistryEach year MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AVOID THE DENTIST and it is estimated that up to 75 million people in the US live with some degree of dental fear. Regardless of the reason, too many of these individuals have simply stopped seeking routine dental care. Even when faced with the warning signs of pain and decay these individuals still steer clear of the dentist.

Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. When your treatment is complete, you have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting. We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. There is no need to be nervous about sedation in our dental offices in Bellevue and Issaquah as we are licensed by the American Dental Association, and you will find that we are both respectful and professional at all times.

Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, uses medication to help patients relax during their dental treatment. While it is referred to as sleep dentistry often, it is not an entirely accurate description. With exception of those under general anesthesia, patients are usually awake during treatment. However, sedation dentistry does offer patients who experience fear or anxiety at the dentist a safe and comfortable way to get dental treatments.

What are the benefits of dental sedation?

There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:

  • No memory of undergoing the procedure
  • No sense of time while under sedation
  • No sense of smell or sound
  • No fear or anxiety during treatment

Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

Are there different levels of sedation dentistry?

Yes, there are 3 sedative states we can administer.

  • Minimal Sedation

    This is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures or more complex situations. This type of sedation is usually administered orally. During the procedure, you remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and you are able to breathe on your own but you feel a great sense of relaxation. Anxiolysis and nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) are the two most common types of minimal or mild sedation.

  • Moderate Sedation

    For patients with more moderate dental anxiety or for patients undergoing a longer or more complex dental procedure, conscious sedation often refers to the use of light IV sedation or moderate sedation. While you do remain awake during your procedure, you are in a deep state of relaxation. It is recommended that the patient undergoing moderate sedation have someone accompany them as it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving is unsafe during this time.

  • Deep Sedation

    With deep sedation, patients go between consciousness and unconsciousness during their dental treatment. Patients typically have no recollection of the treatment and are able to respond to commands even during the times they are awake. It is recommended that patients receiving this level of sedation have someone to accompany them to and from their appointment as it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving is unsafe until the sedative completely wears off.

How are sedatives administered?

Sedatives are administered through 3 different ways:

  • Inhalation

    The most frequently used method of administering sedatives is via inhalation. Typically nitrous oxide is administered this way for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.

  • Oral

    Oral sedation is another common way of administering dental sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. About an hour prior to your appointment, you will be given a prescription pill that will help you be fully relaxed by the time you arrive at the dentist office.

  • Intravenous (IV)

    With IV sedation, the sedative is administered directly into a vein or intravenously. This type of sedative can be quickly modified to your state of conscientiousness and can be continued for as long as necessary for your dental treatment.

What does it mean to be an IV Certified and Licensed Practitioner?

A dentist who is IV certified and licensed to administer IV sedation has received additional specialty training and has been legally certified by the state's Board of Dental Examiners to deliver medical drugs that alter a patient's consciousness for a comfortable, pain-free treatment.

Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation at our Bellevue or Issaquah office, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method may be right for you.

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