sedation dentistry in Mukilteo

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Our team understands that not everybody is excited for their next dental visit. Fortunately, we provide options to help patients relax so dental fear doesn’t stop them from maintaining their oral health. Sedation dentistry uses safe and effective methods to lessen anxiety, pain, and worry while you receive excellent care. We’re here to listen to and address any concerns so each visit can be as pleasant and comfortable as possible.


Did you know…

An overactive gag reflex, fear of needles, or a low-pain threshold can be treated and soothed with sedation.

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Choosing the Right Sedation for Your Needs

Treatment Review

We’ll start by walking you through upcoming treatments to determine if sedation is the right choice for you. Sedation is sometimes required for longer or more invasive procedures. Other times, it might be preferred because of personal needs or prior experiences. We’ll make sure you whatever you need to remain relaxed and comfortable during any procedure.

Medical History Review

It’s important your dentist understands your current and past medical history before continuing with sedation. Some health issues might affect your ability to receive certain sedation methods. Your safety is our top priority, and we can discuss alternative options to make sure you receive the care you need stress-free.

Address Your Concerns

We provide a judgment free environment to hear out any concerns you may have. We encourage you to frankly share your needs and past experiences so we can recommend the best care. Understanding your pain threshold, past experiences, and expectations are all helpful for providing the best dental experience possible.

Review Sedation Options

Once we’ve gathered this information, we’ll provide guidance on your sedation options. Mild sedation can be delivered without any extra planning, but deeper sedation may require a ride home or extra preparation. We’ll work with you to choose the best option to meet your needs and get the dental care you need.

Our Sedation Options

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a sedation option for those who experience mild to moderate anxiety before or during a dental procedure. It is delivered through a small breathing mask that produces a calming effect, and has no lasting effects afterwards. Patients will remain responsive during their procedure, but will feel relief from nerves or pain.

Once the procedure is complete, the effects of nitrous oxide fade away in around five minutes. Patients will be able to stand up and drive themselves home without extra assistance. Returning to work after a nitrous oxide dental treatment isn’t a problem for most patients, allowing them to continue their day as normal.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is delivered through a pill or liquid 30 to 60 minutes before a procedure. This gives the sedation time to take effect so patients are completely relaxed during their appointment. Patients are responsive during treatment, but will feel groggy and may fall asleep temporarily. Some patients might also not fully remember their procedure once it’s complete.

The effects of oral conscious sedation can take a few hours to wear off. Patients may be tired with less general awareness for the next 4 to 6 hours, so it’s important to plan ahead. Arrange a ride home with a family member or friend and avoid driving operating heavy machinery until the following day.

Did you know…

Around 40% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety.

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Answers to Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry

Are sedation dentistry methods safe?

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Our sedation methods are completely safe with a long history of effective use. Each method is provided by a qualified professional team, and we’ll always review your medical history beforehand to make sure there are no complications with your treatment.

Who are the best candidates for sedation dentistry?

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The majority of patients are fitting candidates for sedation dentistry. Before suggesting sedation, we take the time to review your current and medical history to ensure sedation is right for you. Sedation might not be the best option for patients taking medication that could interfere with the process, or for patients with a history of drug abuse.

Can I drive myself home after receiving sedation?

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Depending on what kind of sedation you receive, we might recommend you arrange a ride home with a family member or friend. Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation leaves patients groggy, requiring help getting home. Nitrous oxide is comparatively mild, and patients can continue their daily tasks and drive normally immediately once they leave the office.

What are sedation techniques used for?

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Sedation is administered to patients when they require assistance to relax and alleviate pain. It is primarily used for invasive dental treatments, dental phobia, or severe gag reflexes. Additionally, special needs patients who may experience difficulty remaining still during treatment can greatly benefit from sedation.

Did you know…

Since the late 19th century, laughing gas has been used as a safe, effective treatment in dentistry.

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