Conscious Sedation Dentistry for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Puyallup, Sumner, and Kent, WA
Who Is Conscious Sedation for?
At Neil E. Bergstrom, DDS, we understand that your comfort is crucial. Patients who feel uncomfortable being in the dentist chair are more likely to ignore problems, and as a result exacerbate the issue. We want you to get the dental work you need to have a healthy mouth. To help our nervous patients, Neil E. Bergstrom, D.D.S. offers conscious sedation. This benefit is available to any reasonably healthy person with ANY dental procedure, whether it is having your teeth cleaned, basic fillings, more complicated crown or cosmetic work, and/or surgery. It is also for fearful patients who have difficulty getting numb.
Patients who benefit from Intravenous Sedation:
|•||Anxious or fearful patients|
|•||Those requiring complex treatment|
|•||Patients with severe gag reflexes|
|•||Those that have difficulty with local anesthetics|
How does sedation dentistry work?
With conscious sedation, the patient is awake, not put to sleep. This is an option for patients, when anesthesia is not enough to diminish their fears or nervousness. We provide an oral sedative that will put them at ease during their dental treatment. Conscious sedation is an excellent option to reduce your anxiety, and allow Neil E. Bergstrom, D.D.S. to get more work accomplished in a single visit.
Conscious sedation puts you at ease, and in a state of relaxation while also allowing you to stay awake and alert during the procedure. You will be able to ignore the discomfort while being able to maintain a line of communication with Neil E. Bergstrom, D.D.S.. Communication with our team is an important step in the dentist and patient relationship, we find it vital to your health to be able to discuss what we see, and how problems can be prevented.
We offer two main options for conscious sedation.
Inhalation includes nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. This is a very light form of sedation. Neil E. Bergstrom, D.D.S. administers nitrous oxide and oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose, and is worn throughout the procedure. Laughing gas is known for placing patients in a calm, euphoric state, helping them ignore the dental treatment and can even give them the giggles as the name implies. Patients love this option because it effective during treatment and when the mask is removed, the nitrous oxide wears off almost immediately.
We offer prescribed sedatives, or anti-anxiety medication, that you ingest orally about one hour before your appointment. This option provides a light to moderate effect depending on the amount given and your needs. It will not put you to sleep, but will help you feel at ease and sometimes patients do fall asleep. Recovery from oral sedation may take several hours, so we do not allow patients to drive themselves home following treatment. They will need to bring an escort. Oral sedation is beneficial to the patient by easing their worries and also allows us to get more dental work done in one appointment.