Sedation Dentistry-Comfortable Periodontal Sedation
At Pacific Northwest Specialists Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in Seattle, Washington Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler fully understand that many patients are apprehensive about periodontics and dental treatments.
This is why Dr. Rapoport, Dr. Schuler and their dedicated and professional team of highly trained sedation dentistry specialists are available to offer you a number of conscious and unconscious sedation treatments in order to make your periodontal treatment less stressful and much more pleasant.
Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler are pain management specialists. Their sedation dentistry staff is highly trained in this area and knows exactly what needs to be done to minimize your pain and maximize your overall positive experience while undergoing any periodontal procedure.
The majority of our patients can't believe their periodontal procedure was so pain-free and relaxing!
Pacific Northwest Specialists in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in Seattle, Washington utilizes four primary sedation methods for periodontal treatment:
Conscious Sedation (Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation):
Also known as "laughing gas" this is the most frequently used conscious sedation method used in periodontal dentistry today. All of your bodily functions remain normal and you are able to breathe on your own. This form of conscious sedation is reasonably predictable and is used mainly for cleaning appointments.
Orally Administered Sedation:
This form of sedation dentistry is administered by taking a pill prior to your scheduled appointment. Halcion and on occasion Valium are prescribed. Your body functions remain normal and you will still be able to breathe on your own. Sometimes you might fall asleep and some degree of amnesia is common. We find this sedation procedure to be predictable and a comfortable approach for the majority of our patients. We highly recommend this form of sedation dentistry for all surgical procedures. The level of sedation needed is different for every patient and can only be determined by Dr. Rapoport or Dr. Schuler at the time of your visit.
Deep Conscious (IV Sedation):
Sedation is administered directly into the blood stream by an anesthesiologist. Deep Conscious sedation is a state of depressed consciousness. However patients can still feel noxious stimuli like pain, so local anesthesia is still necessary. The drugs used for IV deep conscious sedation are more effective than the same drugs taken orally. There is also more profound amnesia associated with this technique. The greatest advantage of IV sedation is that if the patient isn't sedated enough, the anesthesiologist can administer more medication and the effects are instantaneous. Bodily functions remain normal and patients are able to breathe on their own.
General Anesthesia (GA):
This is when a patient is rendered totally unconscious. In this state patients are unable to feel any pain, even without local anesthesia. General anesthesia is a deeper state of unconscious sedation dentistry where the patient loses the protective gag-reflex and ability to breathe on his own. At Pacific Northwest Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in Seattle, Washington, we believe that IV Sedation and General anesthesia should only be administered by highly trained medical personnel who can monitor vital signs throughout the duration of the sedation procedure and should not be administered by the doctor performing the oral surgery. At Pacific Northwest Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in Seattle, Washington we work closely with a number of dental anesthesiologists who come to our office to administer the medications and provide close monitoring of our patients.
At Pacific Northwest Specialists in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in Seattle, Washington all IV and GA administration sedation procedures incur additional fees that are paid directly to the provider.
We encourage all patients to speak with the anesthesiologist before any sedation dentistry procedures are scheduled so that you can receive a detailed estimate of fees prior to your sedation treatment.
Please contact our periodontal office in Seattle, Washington today to make an appointment with Dr. Rapoport or Dr. Schuler review your specific sedation dentistry treatment options and to be referred to our trusted team of dental anesthesiologists.
Schedule an appointment today: 206-575-1086