There are many people who experience anxiety when they visit a dental office. The thought of sitting in a dental chair may make them nervous, or even afraid. Some people will avoid going to the dentist unless there is no other choice. Are you one of these people? Set your fears aside! At our dental office, we offer sedation dentistry for those, like you, who suffer from dental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help patients relax before and during dental treatment. There are several different levels of sedation, including:
• Minimal sedation, during which you will be awake but relaxed.
• Moderate sedation, during which you may slur your words. You may also not remember much of your procedure.
• During deep sedation, you will be on the edge of consciousness but will still be easily awakened.
• General anesthesia, during which you will be completely unconscious.
Nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas, is a common form of minimal sedation dentistry. When you visit our office, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta will place a small mask over your nose. You will breathe nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen through the mask. This will relax you and help you feel at ease. Our dentist can control the amount of nitrous oxide you receive. After your treatment is done, the gas will wear off quickly. You will be able to drive yourself home after your visit.
Let our dentist and team know if you have dental fears. We’d like to help! Contact Rainier Dental Center today to learn more about sedation dentistry in Seattle, Washington, and to schedule your next visit.