Does the sound of a dental instrument make you nervous? Skipping needed dental visits due to dental anxiety? At Gentling Smiles, we are proud to offer both Laughing Gas and oral sedation dentistry for our patients interested in a more relaxing, comfortable dental visit.
Laughing gas is a safe, healthy, hypoallergenic and effective form of sedation dentistry. The gas is composed of nitrous mixed with oxygen and is inhaled through your nose. Unlike other sedation dentistry options, the effects of inhaling the gas mixture quickly wears off following the procedure, allowing you to continue with your daily activities.
Oral sedation dentistry, sometimes known as “sleep dentistry” (even though you don’t fall asleep), is an effective form of sedation dentistry. During oral sedation dentistry, you are administered oral sedation medication which can reduce their anxiety and fear related to dentistry.
At Gentling Smiles, we cater to all of our patients’ unique needs — some of which require a deeper form of sedation. IV (intravenous) sedation is a type of anesthesia that’s administered through the vein, initiating a calm, relaxing experience for the patient. For your safety, we work closely with an anesthesiologist who will place the IV and administer the sedation.
Benefits of Our Shoreline Sedation Dentistry
Wondering if sedation dentistry is the right option for you? There are many benefits to receiving sedation dentistry, including:
- Sedation dentistry provides a calmer dental experience. Certain patients who experience extreme anxiety during dental procedures can be relaxed, allowing them to receive the treatment they need without the stress.
- Sedation dentistry reduces the gag reflex. Although a gag reflex is typically good, during dental procedures, it can get in the way, causing complications for the dentist.
Neglecting your smile due to your fear of the dentist? Are you interested in sedation dentistry in Shoreline, WA or nearby? Contact Gentling Smiles today to schedule your appointment with us. We’re always accepting new patients and would be happy to provide a relaxing experience for you.