It’s an unfortunate fact that fear of the dentist keeps many people from getting essential dental care or the cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give them the beautiful smile they desire. Fortunately, dental anxiety doesn’t have to keep you away any more. We offer sedation dentistry to help you overcome fear, reduce gagging, minimize discomfort, and overall improve your dental experience. We offer oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation so you can get the sedation that will work best for you.
Dr. Debra Cederbaum is not just a dentist, she’s a licensed pharmacist, which gives her additional insight into the working of all drugs she uses in her practice, including sedation drugs. She also has a license to administer IV drugs, which not all dentists have. To learn more about the advantages of sedation dentistry with Dr. Cederbaum, please call 206-524-1314 or email us today for an appointment at our Seattle dental office.
How Sedation Dentistry Can Help
There are many problems that can make visiting the dentist unpleasant, and sedation dentistry can help with most of them, including:
- Fear or anxiety of the dentist
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Strong reaction to sights and sounds
- Tensing up in the dental chair
- Difficulty getting numb
- Greater discomfort than expected after an appointment
All of these are actually symptoms of varying levels of dental anxiety. By relaxing you for your dental visit, sedation dentistry can help you overcome them. To make sure you get the sedation dentistry that is best for you, we offer three options.
Oral sedation is the most common and for many the easiest option. It’s just a pill you take before you come to your dental appointment. (If you have excess anxiety, we can also give you another to help you sleep the night before.) The benefit of oral sedation is that it can start working before you come to the office so that you can overcome anxiety that might make it hard for you to come into the office. The disadvantage of this is that you will need someone to take you to and from your dental appointment.
Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas,” is an inhaled relaxant that takes effect quickly and wears off quickly. Once you come into our office, we can set you up with the anti-anxiety treatment and keep it going for the length of your treatment, no matter how long that takes. Then we can turn it off and, after a brief recovery period, you will be recovered enough to drive yourself home.
IV is short for intravenous, and IV sedation is administered through a line that introduces medication directly to your veins. It is used typically for a long procedure or where other types of sedation are considered inadequate or inappropriate for some reason. IV sedation requires a special license to administer.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Sedation dentistry is very safe. Unless you have allergies to some of the medications or certain health conditions, there is little to no risk of complications when sedation dentistry is properly used. In fact, for certain health conditions, such as heart conditions, sedation dentistry is recommended to avoid negative effects associated with anxiety.
To learn more about sedation dentistry and whether it’s right for you, please contact us for an appointment at our dental office in Seattle.