Oral Sedation Dentistry
Sedation Dentist Mt Vernon WA
Everett, Washington area sedation dentists Dr. Howard Mizuta and Dr. Eunice Kim are among the 1% of nationwide dentists who are qualified and trained to administer conscious sedation. For dental patients who experience fear or anxiety, oral sedation dentistry offers a safe and effective solution for total comfort dental care. Sedation dentistry works in harmony with our peaceful and patient-centered office atmosphere to soothe fears or anxiety.
At Gentle Dentistry™ in Mt Vernon south of Burlington, WA, we recognize that the best dental experiences come from treating the patient before the tooth. We are willing to slow down and take the time you need to feel comfortable and relaxed. Our focus is on quality care and patient relationships. For many of our patients, oral sedation dentistry is just what they need to feel an extra sense of calm during their dental procedures. Dr. Kim is a trained sedation dentist in Mt Vernon WA and offers oral sedation dentistry to patients in the Everett and Burlington WA areas.
Who Qualifies for Oral Sedation Dentistry?
Almost anyone can qualify for sedation dentistry. At an initial consultation, you and our sedation dentist will determine if conscious sedation is right for you. If you find yourself avoiding much needed dental care, oral sedation dentistry allows you to undergo anything from a teeth cleaning to a root canal while feeling calm and relaxed. You may benefit from conscious sedation if you experience any of the following:
- Anxiety or fear of dental visits
- Particularly sensitive gag reflex
- Difficulty being numbed by local anesthesia
- Extensive dental work needed in one visit
- Fear of needles
- Trouble sitting for long periods of time
- Neck or back pain
How Does Oral Sedation Dentistry Work?
Oral sedation dentistry works through a small pill that you take before your dental procedure. This tablet works safely as a sedative and anti-anxiety medication, in addition to creating a temporary amnesia affect. Patients report feeling sleepy, relaxed, and indifferent to dental procedures when under conscious sedation. While you will not be completely unconscious, it is still wise to have someone drive you to and from your appointment since drowsiness usually occurs.
How Safe is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry works effectively and safely for patients every day. In fact, physicians prescribe this medication more than 10 million times per year for at-home use by their patients. Oral conscious sedation is particularly safe because your protective reflexes still function. We carefully monitor your body's vital signs throughout the entire dental procedure to ensure ultimate safety.
What are the Benefits of Conscious Sedation?
Whether you struggle with dental anxiety or don't have time to return regularly for extensive dental work, oral sedation dentistry may be the solution you need. You can wake up to a new smile without any painful memories. Dental conscious sedation benefits include the following:
- Relaxes and calms anxiety and fear
- Enhances anesthesia effectiveness for pain relief
- Decreases gagging
- Relieves muscle soreness
- Blocks memory of procedures with temporary amnesia effect
- Works for large or small dental procedures
- Allows for extensive dental work in one sitting
Will I Be Unconscious during my Oral Sedation Dentistry Appointment?
Many patients do fall asleep under dental conscious sedation, but they are still conscious enough to respond to verbal commands. The body's protective reflexes still function as well. Patients with all levels of apprehension have responded positively to oral sedation dentistry.
For more information about the benefits of oral sedation dentistry and the uniquely personalized patient care at Gentle Dentistry, call our Everett, Washington area sedation dental office today or fill out the simple form on this page to schedule an initial consultation with a sedation dentist in Mt Vernon WA.
Gentle Dentistry - Dr. Eunice Kim & Dr. Howard Mizuta
2100 East Section St # 101
Mount Vernon, WA 98274-9132