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2014 S. Howard St., #101
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Sedation Dentistry


Taking proper care of your mouth is crucial to preventing tooth decay, gum disease and other serious oral health complications. In order to achieve optimal oral health, you need to be brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and using an antibacterial mouthwash. But oral care at home is not enough. Even the most diligent brushers can face decay and gum disease. You need to also visit us at least twice a year for thorough cleanings and exams. At Walla Walla Dental Care, we understand that many people have a fear of going to the dentist. So, in order to help you feel more comfortable, and keep your mouth healthy, we offer sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?


Sedation dentistry involves the use of certain techniques to help you feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair, whether it’s for something as simple as a dental cleaning, or something more serious, like dental surgery. We have several levels of sedation that can be used based on your specific needs:
•  Minimal sedation is the lowest level of sedation, which keeps you conscious, but you are still relaxed.
•  Moderate sedation keeps you awake, but you are more likely to be in and out, and may not even remember the procedure after it is done.
•  Deep sedation keeps you on the brink of consciousness, and you may fall asleep.
•  General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation, and renders you completely unconscious for the duration of your procedure.


Sedation Types


There are different types of sedation, and the specific type used is based on your individual needs:
•  Nitrous oxide. More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative. A mask is placed over your face, and we monitor the level of gas administered. The effects of this type of sedation wear off quite quickly once the mask is removed.
•  Oral sedatives are taken by mouth, approximately an hour before your procedure is to be done.
•  Intravenous (IV) sedatives are administered directly into the bloodstream. These sedatives work quickly, and are reserved for the higher levels of sedation.


Why Sedation?


Sedation techniques allow you to be relaxed throughout your entire procedure, allowing you to stay calm and comfortable in the chair. Along with relieving anxiety and fears, sedation can be used for several reasons:
•  You have very sensitive teeth.
•  You have a low pain tolerance.
•  You can not sit still.
•  You have a poor gag reflex.
•  You need to have a lot of dental work completed.

Sedation is also an option if you have children who are afraid, or can’t sit still for a dental cleaning.

Are There Side Effects?


There are some side effects associated with sedation dentistry. One of the most common side effects, which is often a desirable one, is the inability to remember the procedure. You may feel groggy. Depending upon the type of sedation (any other than laughing gas) it is recommended that you arrive at your appointment with someone who can drive you home, as you should not get behind the wheel of a car. Having a family member or friend can also be the added boost of comfort and support you need to get through your appointment.

Your oral health is important. But we also understand that coming to the office can be a frightening concept. If you have reservations about having dental work done, whether it’s a cleaning or a more involved procedure, call Walla Walla Dental Care today at (509) 579-3657 to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you!
WALLA WALLA DENTAL CARE
(509) 579-3657

2014 S. Howard St., #101, Walla Walla, WA 99362

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