June 21, 2019
Dental anxiety is a very common problem. Millions of people feel crippling fear or anxiety at the thought of dental care. In fact, many people actually avoid seeking the dental care and treatment they need because of these concerns.
If you are one of them, the team at Pacific Northwest Periodontics takes your concerns very seriously. We are dedicated to offering the most advanced solutions to help you undergo dental treatment without experiencing stress, fear or anxiety.
With sedation dentistry, we can help you achieve a relaxed, dream-like state in which you feel no pain or anxiety. It will seem as though your appointment goes by in the blink of an eye, and afterward, you will have no recollection of treatment.
Sedation Solutions Available at Pacific Northwest Periodontics
Nitrous oxide: When inhaled through a small mask placed over the nose, nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”) will put you in a deep state of relaxation. You will feel at ease before and during your treatment. Our dentists control the amount of sedation you receive. The effects of the gas wear off quickly after removing the mask, and there are no residual side effects. With laughing gas, you may be able to drive yourself home after your dental procedure.
Oral sedation: Another option is to take an oral sedative medication an hour or so before your dental appointment. The medication will put you into a relaxed state where you are awake (and possibly sleepy) but not anxious. The effects of oral sedation are longer lasting than nitrous oxide, so you will need transportation to and from your appointment.
IV sedation: You can also receive sedative medication through a vein during your treatment. This puts you in a “twilight sleep” state, where you are very sleepy and less aware of your surroundings yet still conscious and able to respond to verbal cues. The level of sedation is constantly monitored and adjusted as needed during your treatment. IV sedation can take longer to wear off than nitrous oxide, so you will need transportation home from your appointment.
Local anesthetic: Used in combination with sedation dentistry treatments, local anesthetic numbs the area of your mouth in which the dentist is working.
Learn More about Your Sedation Dentistry Options
If you believe a sedation dentistry solution may make it easier for you to receive the dental care you need or want, our team is happy to discuss your options with you in advance. Please call or email our office to speak with a member of our team.