Relax, Dr. Cederbaum Can Help
At any given moment, approximately 27% of Americans live with untreated tooth decay. The simple solution is to visit Dr. Cederbaum for routine checkups and cleanings. However, some patients suffer from an intense fear of the dentist or dental treatment, also known as dental anxiety.
Dental anxiety prevents patients from receiving essential care for their smiles. Patients with dental anxiety or phobia delay treatments or avoid them altogether while the source of their pain and the problem typically get worse. At Trailside Dentistry, Dr. Cederbaum features sedation dentistry to help mitigate your anxiety and allow you to get the dental care that you deserve.
For your convenience, we offer three forms of sedation dentistry: Oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.
Three Options for Sedation
In addition to being a dentist, Dr. Cederbaum is a licensed pharmacist, so she has a unique understanding in regards to sedation. She’s also licensed by the state of Washington to administer IV sedation.
It should be noted that while we offer three forms of sedation, patients under the age of 12 are not eligible.
Oral sedation is one of the most straightforward, least invasive solutions for patients facing dental anxiety. This form of sedation requires that you take a pill about an hour before your procedure to ensure that you arrive relaxed and remain that way for the entirety of the treatment.
Since we advise you to take the medication before your treatment, you’ll need to arrange transportation — a ride to our office and a ride home afterward.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an inhalable form of sedation that places you in a calm, tranquil state. Dr. Cederbaum will administer the gas by first placing a mask over your nose. After a few deep breaths, you’ll be ready to receive treatment.
While the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, we still encourage you to have someone drive you home following treatment. The drive could be a friend, family member, co-worker, or Uber driver — as long as you aren’t behind the wheel.
IV sedation is an excellent option for patients who suffer from moderate to severe dental anxiety because the dosage can be increased or decreased as needed. As it is with the other forms of sedation, Dr. Cederbaum requires you to find a ride home after your treatment.
Who Benefits from Sedation Dentistry?
While there are numerous reasons why somebody might need dental sedation, one of the most common is to offset the patient’s fear or anxiety. Other reasons why patients choose sedation dentistry include:
- Gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Low pain threshold
- Difficulty sitting still
- An extensive amount of dental work
Frequently Asked Questions
Will insurance cover sedation?
If your procedure requires sedation, insurance will typically cover all or a portion of the expenses. We recommend checking with your provider prior to your appointment to discuss your specific coverage. If you have any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to call our office at (206) 524-1314 and one of our helpful team members will be happy to assist you.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
When administered by a highly qualified dentist such as Dr. Cederbaum, dental sedation is safe. There is some risk involved which is why it’s important to choose a dentist that’s knowledgeable and experienced. Dr. Cederbaum is a doctor of pharmacy as well as dentistry, so you’ll know you’re in good hands. In addition to her dental degree, she’s licensed to administer IV sedation.
Her knowledge is invaluable in deciding the proper medication and dosage. If you have an upcoming procedure that requires sedation, a low pain tolerance, or dental anxiety, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cederbaum — she’ll explain the benefits of sedation and put your worries to rest.
How does nitrous oxide work?
Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask. The gas travels from the lungs to the brain and facilitates the release of your body’s supply of opioids, endorphins, and dopamine. The result is a feeling of relaxation and euphoria.
While nitrous oxide works to keep you comfortable, it’s usually paired with a numbing agent that will ensure you’re also pain-free throughout your treatment.
How long do the effects of sedation last?
The length of time it takes your body to process the medication depends on the type of sedation used and how your body metabolizes it. For example, nitrous oxide should wear off a few minutes after the gas stops, while IV and oral sedation typically take 24 hours to wear off.
During this time, you’ll want to avoid operating heavy machinery and participating in any activities that could put you or anyone else at risk for injury. It’s also important to drink plenty of water and rest as needed.