For the most part, your dental care should consist mainly of routine dental checkups and cleanings every six months, or as often as your dentist recommends. Sometimes, though, your dental care may involve a bit more work, such as if a tooth becomes infected or sustains a crack or fracture. If you feel a bit nervous about receiving complex treatment, or if you experience general anxiety at the prospect of visiting the dentist at all, then we can recommend an appropriate dental sedation technique to help you relax.
Defining Dental Sedation
Though often used together, dental sedation and anesthesia are two different things. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the nerves in and around a tooth before a dental procedure. By contrast, sedation is administered to help calm your anxiety or fear, and creates a general feeling of relaxation and euphoria. Like local anesthesia, however, the level of sedation can be adjusted according to your specific needs.
A Method for Every Need
Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild form of dental sedation whose effects dissipate almost instantly after your procedure. The gas is administered through a mask and inhaled through the nose, then immediately exhaled through the mouth.
Conscious Oral Sedation
As the name suggests, conscious oral sedation is taken orally, usually in pill form, and creates a more pronounced feeling of relaxation, though you still remain conscious. Patients who experience higher levels of dental anxiety can benefit from taking an oral sedative the night before treatment, and again shortly before the procedure begins.
ABOUT YOUR BELLEVUE, WA, DENTIST:
Awarded America’s Top Dentist since 2008, Neda Sayyah, DMD, is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and is certified in the use of dental sedation through the DOCS Education program. Dr. Sayyah is also certified to provide Invisalign® clear braces for teens and adults. To learn more, call our office today at 425-688-0197, or email us at email@example.com. Located in Bellevue, WA, we proudly serve patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle, Mercer Island, and all surrounding communities.