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Sedation Dentistry in Mountlake Terrace, WA

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Altitude Dental provides sedation dentistry services in Mountlake Terrace, WA. Please call our office at 425-775-3446 to learn more about our offerings and how we can help you.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves using safe medications to help patients relax while undergoing dental work. We understand that some of our patients may be nervous about visiting us, and we want to help make these patients comfortable. Our sedation dentistry services enable patients with anxiety and phobia to complete dental appointments and preserve their oral health.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

  • Helps anxious patients worry less about their appointments in advance
  • Allows patients with strong gag reflexes to undergo comfortable dental procedures
  • Makes procedures safer
  • Enables the dentist to work quickly, getting more done in one appointment
  • Helps long appointments go by quickly
  • Protects anxious patients' oral health by allowing them to attend all recommended dental appointments
  • Saves money and time in the long run

Sedation Options We Offer

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is an inhaled gas that flows through a mask placed over your nose. The dentist adjusts the flow of nitrous oxide through the mask to produce the correct sedation level to help you feel calm but conscious and able to respond to their requests. The gas displaces a small amount of oxygen in your body and may create a feeling of euphoria.

At the end of the procedure, you will quickly return to normal. The dentist gradually replaces nitrous oxide with oxygen to clear your system. You will be able to drive yourself back from the appointment and return to your daily activities.

Conscious Oral Sedation

Conscious oral sedation involves taking anti-anxiety medication before your appointment. Many dentists prescribe benzodiazepines. They may be in pill or liquid form.

You typically take the medication about an hour before arriving at the office. This timing means that you need a responsible adult driver to bring you to and from the appointment.

The medication dose is just enough to calm your anxiety but keeps you able to answer questions and follow directions during the appointment. Nevertheless, you will be unable to drive for the rest of the day and should quietly rest at home until the medication has fully worn off.

Are You A Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Most of our patients are good candidates for sedation dentistry. Anxious patients often ask for sedation, but patients who simply want to relax during a long appointment can also request it.

If you have the following medical conditions, you should speak to your physician for clearance before undergoing dental sedation:

  • Breathing problems or nasal congestion
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Medication allergies and interactions

Why Choose Altitude Dental?

Dr. Marcus takes special care of anxious patients because she understands that not everyone feels comfortable in the dentist's chair. We provide expert care on both a routine and emergency basis, and we run our practice with honesty and integrity.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry

I have a low pain threshold. Is sedation dentistry a good option for me?
Yes, sedation may be a great choice to help you get through dental appointments. If you typically feel uncomfortable during dental procedures, even with appropriate local anesthesia, sedation may be able to take the edge off and help you relax.
Can I drive after a sedation appointment?
With nitrous oxide, yes. The sedation wears off in a matter of minutes. With conscious oral sedation, you must not drive or operate heavy machinery (lawn mower, etc.) until the next day.
Will I remember anything after my appointment?
If you have nitrous oxide, your memory should not be affected. If you have conscious oral sedation, you may not remember everything, but you will be alert enough to respond to the dentist when needed.
Which type of sedation is best if I have extreme anxiety?
You may have more luck with conscious oral sedation since it's less likely you will retain memories of the procedure. Some severely anxious patients do very well with nitrous oxide alone. We can help you choose which method works best.
Does insurance cover sedation?
Sometimes the sedation itself is not covered, but it is a relatively small charge. Putting off dental work because you are nervous will only lead to more and larger bills in the future. If you have strong dental anxiety, the investment is probably worth it.

Call Altitude Dental

Sedation dentistry can be a vital tool for patients with anxiety and those who want to relax during lengthy appointments. Please call us at 425-775-3446 to have your questions answered and make an appointment.

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