Sedation Dentistry

The Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation helps you relax in the dentist’s chair, even if you have dental anxiety or are nervous about your appointment

With sedation, it’s easier to sit through long appointments and stay comfortable while getting treatment from Dr. Daniel Bickel

Along with numbing, sedation ensures you won’t experience any pain or discomfort at Redmond Art of Dentistry

Beyond keeping you comfortable, sedation can help mitigate common problems like fear of numbing needles and even an excessively-strong gag reflex

Stay Comfortable During Your Treatment

With sedation dentistry at Redmond Art of Dentistry from Dr. Daniel Bickel, you can get the dental care you need in Redmond, even if you’re anxious about seeing a dentist. We offer both nitrous sedation and oral conscious sedation so you can choose the treatment that’s right for you. Contact us now to learn more and see if you’re a good candidate for sedation.

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What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses a variety of different methods of sedation to keep patients comfortable throughout their appointment. At our office, we offer laughing gas sedation and oral conscious sedation. IV sedation is also commonly used by some dentists.

Regardless of the method used, the purpose of sedation dentistry is the same. It’s intended to help mitigate pain and discomfort, and to reduce anxiety in patients so they can get the dental care they need.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas)

This method of sedation uses a mask that fits over your nose to send a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to your lungs. Nitrous oxide sedation will make you feel a bit disconnected from what’s happening around you, and you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. However, you will remain completely aware and responsive.

This method of sedation has minimal side effects and wears off after about 5 minutes, so you can drive yourself home and resume your day-to-day routine after treatment with nitrous oxide sedation. This makes it very convenient.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is a deeper method of sedation. You’ll take a few sedative pills prescribed by Dr. Bickel about an hour before your procedure begins. They will make you feel very sleepy and groggy, and it’s very common for patients to fall asleep during their procedure. In addition, you may forget most of what happens during your appointment at Redmond Art of Dentistry.

This option is ideal for patients who have more severe anxiety about dentistry, since you can sleep through your appointment. However, its side effects last longer, and you cannot drive for at least 4-6 hours. You will need to take it easy for the rest of the day, and to bring an adult with you to take you home and take care of you as you recover from sedation. Keep this in mind when scheduling your consultation.

Am I A Good Candidate For Sedation Dentistry?

As long as you are healthy, do not have a history of drug use, and do not have any negative reactions to common sedative medications, you are likely a good candidate for sedation. Dr. Bickel will discuss your health with you before your appointment, and ensure that sedation is safe for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation at Redmond Art of Dentistry now.

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