Sleep and sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for people who don’t enjoy going to the dentist, or simply want to take relaxation to the next level during their dental care. This pain-free and anxiety-free treatment option is something that transforms how we offer dental care to our patients.
Benefits to choosing sleep and sedation dentistry include:
- Having all of your treatment completed during one session
- Minimizing discomfort associated with some types of procedures
- Easing your anxiety related to dental care
- Avoiding sensitivity or extended numbness of the mouth
- Minimizing the gag-reflex
Who Needs Sedation?
There’s no checklist to find out whether or not you need sedation during your visit. We want all of our patients to be able to have access to comfort dentistry services! Even some of the most relaxed dental patients prefer to take advantage of sedation or sleep dentistry during their longer appointments to keep them comfortable.
What Happens During a Sedation Dentistry Visit?
Your sedation dentistry appointment is very simple. You are given a pill the night before treatment so that you can get a good night’s sleep (sometimes the anxiety is enough that you can’t get a good night’s sleep!). You take another pill an hour before arriving to our office, and another pill may be given as you are seated in the chair. This eliminates the anxiety and nervousness that some people experience when they go to the dentist. Once your medication is given to you, you’ll begin to feel sleepy or even doze off. Since you’ll be so comfortable and the effects of the medication last as long as we need them to, Dr. Timmerman is able to provide most if not all of your dental treatment during the very same visit. This prevents you from having to return for multiple visits! After your treatment is completed, your medication will begin to wear off. You might not even remember anything about the appointment at all! Many of the sleep sedation dentistry medications that are used are amnesiacs, which means you’ll likely forget anything that actually happened.
—Dr. Lance Timmerman
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
We literally offer sedation dentistry options to all of our healthy patients. It’s ideal for those who have more complex care, lengthy treatment plans, or are simply nervous about dental care. We invite you to ask us about our sedation options and which one is right for you when you visit us at our Seattle office.
Nitrous Oxide FAQs
Nitrous oxide (“Laughing Gas”) is one of the most common forms of sedation used in dentistry. The gas can be safely inhaled along with oxygen to create a relaxed sensation. Effects of the gas start within the first few minutes, causing patients to feel calmer and experience warmness throughout the body, or even a tingling in their fingers and toes. As soon as the procedure is complete, the patient is placed back on 100% oxygen for 5 minutes, as the nitrous oxide gas clears their respiratory system.
Q: When is Nitrous Oxide an Option?
Literally any dental procedure can be used along with nitrous oxide. Some of Dr. Timmerman’s patients even request it during their cleanings. We often use it along with other types of anesthesia during everyday dental procedures. It is safe for all ages. Nitrous oxide is one of the types of sedation that is available at our Seattle cosmetic dental office. In just 5 minutes, you’ll have a relaxed sensation that puts you at ease for your entire visit with us.
We often offer nitrous oxide gas for procedures or concerns like:
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sensitive teeth during treatment
- Cleanings and preventive care procedures
- Cosmetic treatments and smile makeovers
- Restorative care like fillings, crowns, or bridges
- Dental implant appointments
Q: Can I Go Back to Work or School?
Yes! Nitrous oxide is completely reversible. It is fine to drive yourself back to work, or even return to your normal daily schedule. Nitrous oxide is one of the easiest types of sedation to take advantage of, with no lingering effects after your visit like other types of sedation may have. In fact, after just 5 minutes of 100% oxygen, all of the nitrous oxide will have left your respiratory system and you’ll be able to go on about your normal routine.