Nearly one-quarter of the population in the United States avoids seeing the dentist because of dental anxiety. At Gentling Smiles, Garrett Gentling, DDS, and his team want to ensure that patients in the Shoreline, Washington, area get the dental care they need, which is why they offer sedation dentistry. If you want to smile knowing your dental health care needs are being met, call or schedule an appointment using the easy online booking feature to learn more about your options in sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry is designed for those patients who are nervous about dental work. People are anxious about going to the dentist for many reasons, including the sounds, smells, and fear of pain. When it comes to this last point, it’s worth emphasizing that proper dental care does far more to eliminate or avoid pain than it does to create pain.
Whatever your reasons for feeling anxious about dental work, the good news is that the team at Gentling Smiles offers an effective solution with sedation dentistry. By putting you more at ease, Dr. Gentling and his team are able to:
Through sedation dentistry, you’re able to stay one step ahead of your dental health instead of allowing issues to pile up, which will only require more work down the road.
Dr. Gentling offers three types of sedation dentistry, including:
With oral sedation, the dentist provides you with medication that curbs your anxiety and fear without putting you to sleep.
This form of sedation dentistry is also known as laughing gas, which is perfectly safe and hypoallergenic. The gas is composed of nitrous mixed with oxygen, and you inhale it through your nose. The advantage of this technique is that the effects wear off quickly once you stop inhaling the gas.
If you suffer from moderate-to-severe dental anxiety, Gentling Smiles offer IV sedation under the supervision of an anesthesiologist who places the IV and administers the sedation.
The team at Gentling Smiles wants to ensure your comfort, and they work with you on choosing the right type of sedation after evaluating your level of anxiety or fear. In many cases, the type of sedation also depends upon the extent of the work that Dr. Gentling performs. For example, if you just need a routine cleaning, oral medications may be the best solution. For a root canal procedure, you might opt for something stronger, like nitrous oxide or IV sedation.
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t forego your dental care because of anxiety or fear. To learn more about sedation dentistry, please call Gentling Smiles, or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.