Sedation dentistry is a solution for patients who have fears and anxieties associated with any and all aspects of dental treatment. It gives patients the ability to relax during treatment, with the additional benefits of:
- Having little to no memory of the appointment
- Experiencing pain-free dentistry
- Elimination of the gag reflex
- Helping those who cannot get numb with topical dental anesthetics
- Allowing medically compromised individuals or people with chronic pain syndromes receive the dental care they need
Here at Quality Dental, we focus on clear and open communication between patients and our team to allow for a better understanding of what sedation options may work better for each individual.
Types of Sedation
Anxiolysis – We offer mild sedation to help our patients with small amounts of dental angst or who may need help staying relaxed during longer appointments. We provide this type of sedation in the form of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or a small pill taken one hour before your dental appointment.
Conscious Sedation – Moderate sedation is used for patients who have high dental anxiety or fear, extreme gag reflex, need surgical intervention, or for long appointments. Many times sedation can be beneficial for patients with health concerns that are exacerbated by stressful situations. Conscious sedation is akin to IV sedation in the amount of sedation achieved, though it is done only medications and nitrous gas, not with the use of needles. Moderate sedation requires the patient to be accompanied by a family member of friend, as driving after the appointment may be unsafe.
Regardless of what type of sedation you choose, you can rest assured that you’re receiving care from doctors who have made providing pain-free dentistry a priority. Dr. Miller is an active member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and participates in yearly continuing education in pediatric and moderate sedation techniques and training.
If you’ve been putting off needed dental treatment because of a fear of the dentist, consider sedation dentistry at Quality Dental. Schedule an appointment at our Steilacoom or Lakewood dental offices to learn about your sedation options and make a plan to achieve the level of oral health you deserve.