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Sedation Dentistry

A person slepping on a cloud which serves as a metaphor for Sedation Dentistry in Seattle WashingtonDental care is necessary for a variety of different reasons. A cavity may need to be filled; an infected tooth may need a root canal, you may need to have a tooth extracted or replaced. Sometimes, you just need routine cleaning and exam. For many patients, getting necessary dental care is no big deal. For others, however, the idea of even a routine cleaning can trigger fear and anxiety. Skipping dental care because you are fearful or anxious can have serious consequences on your oral, and your overall, health. At Crown Hill Dental Care, we can help you to get the treatment you need when you need it with sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry

When fear or anxiety keeps you from getting necessary oral care treatments, the health of your mouth is put at risk. Ignoring necessary care can quickly lead to worsening oral health issues. Small cavities grow larger, weakening the structure of the affected tooth. Gum disease can progress to the point of loose teeth or even tooth loss. You may be faced with painful tooth infections. Sedation dentistry provides you with a way to relax and feels more comfortable in the dental chair, so you can get the treatments you need when they are needed. There are several different levels of sedation, which allow us to suit a variety of different needs.

•  Minimal sedation. This is the lightest form of sedation. You are still conscious and able to respond to questions and requests.
•  Moderate sedation. This type of sedation makes you feel sleepy. It also can cause an amnesic effect. Many patients report not remembering parts, or even any, of their procedures.
•  Deep sedation. With this type of sedation, you are on the brink of unconsciousness, and may even fall asleep.
•  General anesthesia. This type of sedation puts you to sleep throughout your procedure.

Why Sedation Dentistry?

Fear and anxiety are common reasons for the use of sedation, but there are other reasons why it may be necessary as well.

•  You find it difficult to sit still.
•  You have a low tolerance for pain.
•  Your teeth are very sensitive.
•  Your gag reflex is bad.
•  You require a significant amount of dental work, or your procedures will take a long time.

Types of Sedation

There are a few different types of sedation, and we can help to find one that will work best for your needs.

•  Nitrous oxide. More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a form of minimal sedation. It is mixed with oxygen and is inhaled through a small mask that is placed over your nose. Sedation takes effect within just a few minutes. Once your procedure is over, the nitrous is turned off, with the oxygen still on for a few minutes, and the effects of the sedation wear off quickly. By the time you leave the office, you can drive yourself home.
•  Oral conscious sedation. This is a form of moderate sedation and is administered orally through a medication you take an hour before your procedure. The medication takes about 30 minutes to take effect, which means that you will need a driver to bring you in. The effects of oral conscious sedation linger for several hours, so you will also need your driver to bring you home.
•  IV sedation. IV sedation can be used for moderate and deep sedation, as well as general anesthesia. This type of sedation is administered through a needle directly into the bloodstream. When you arrive, the needle is inserted either into the arm or the back of the hand and is hooked up to IV fluids. Before your procedure begins, the sedative is administered. It takes effect almost immediately. Like oral conscious sedation, the effects linger, so you will need to make sure that you have someone who can drive you home when your procedure is over.

No matter if you need a simple cleaning or you need a more complex procedure, sedation dentistry can help you to relax in the dental chair so that you can get the treatments you need to restore your oral health. For more information, and to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, call Crown Hill Dental Care today at (206) 204-9623.

Crown Hill Dental Care

Dr. Jennifer Walker
Dr. Robert Drumhiller
Dr. George Goll
Dr. Ryan O' Connor

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