Bothell, WA Dental Sedation

One of the most common reasons for poor dental care is fear or concern about visiting the dentist’s office. That fear prevents many from getting the healthy teeth and gums that they need.

Why We Avoid Dental Care

Every year hundreds, if not thousands of people avoid a visit to the dentist due to fear of the dental procedures. If you are one of these people whose experiences with the dentist have left you slightly concerned about the dental procedures and you are avoiding having dental work done, there are some options that you may not have considered.

Dental care today can be virtually pain free and can take place with minimal stress. The many ways in which dental care or dental procedures can be done are far more extensive than they have been in the past.

According to DOCS or the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, more than thirty percent of the population avoids the dental care that they need due to fear.

Dental Sedation-What is It?

Dental sedation is the use of medications that can render the dental procedures not only pain free, but also, to a large extent, stress free.

Dental sedation is used to create a relaxing experience at the dentist. Sedation allows people who are nervous or concerned about a trip to the dentists to relax and be able to obtain the dental help that they need.

What Types of Dental Sedation are Used in our clinic at Bothell, WA?

Sedation can take several forms. It may be done via IV sedatives that are administered to the dental patient or it may be done using nitrous oxide, an inhaled medication. It may also be offered by the use of oral medicines.

IV Sedation – When used by a professional IV sedation can provide a very relaxing experience. The IV sedation induces very deep relaxation and allows the patient to remain awake enough to respond to the requests that are made by the staff, but they will remember very little about what happened during the dental procedure.

Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas – is another method of dental sedation. It is a no needle method of inhalation sedation that helps you to relax completely and allows you to feel very little pain.

Oral Sedation – The most common method of sedation today is oral sedation. As the name implies, oral sedation is by mouth, as opposed to inhalation therapy or IV sedation methods. It is easy and it does not require any needles and as such is far more accepted and user friendly.

Sedation dentistry is a very positive method of helping you to relax and to be able to better tolerate the dental care that you need to stay healthy.

One thing to bear in mind is that while your pain tolerance with many of these methods will be much higher, it is still likely that you will require local anesthetic or novacaine type pain reliever when your dental procedure is taking place.

For more information on Dental Sedation and how it is used on your dental procedures, contact our highly skilled dentist at Affordable Family Dentistry now!