Sedation Dentistry Phinney Ridge
Dental anxiety is a difficult reality for many people and it can keep them from getting the dental care they need to stay healthy. By avoiding the dentist, many people end up with serious dental conditions, pain, tooth loss, and compromised systemic health. Poor oral health can reduce your quality of life in so many ways. Feeling self-conscious about your appearance, having a limited diet, and living with chronic pain all take their toll.
At Phinney Ridge Dental, Dr. Micah Bickel is committed to making quality dentistry accessible to even the most fearful patients. No one should have to postpone their dentistry due to stress and anxiety, which is why we proudly offer oral sedation dentistry at our Seattle, WA dental office.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Dr. Bickel is certified and licensed to administer sedation medication for the benefit of our patients. Sedation dentistry benefits our patients with:
Anxiety – Enjoy a relaxing, comfortable dental appointment.
Gag reflex – Sedation reduces the sensation of gagging while receiving treatment.
Difficulty getting numb – Anxiety can make getting or staying numb difficult. Sedation dentistry helps patients receive the full benefits of anesthetic.
Long appointments – Patients can have a significant amount of treatment in one appointment without worry.
Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients and makes dentistry possible for those patients who would otherwise avoid their treatment. Many patients who have postponed treatment for years are now able to enjoy improved oral health thanks to sedation dentistry.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
An accurate, up-to-date medical history and list of your current medications will help Dr. Bickel determine if sedation dentistry is safe for you. We monitor your vitals during treatment for your safety. One of our team members will be by your side throughout your appointment.
Unlike IV sedation, we administer prescription medication to be taken orally prior to your dental appointment. As your medication takes effect, you will feel completely relaxed. We will anesthetize the treatment area completely before beginning any procedure.
Most patients report that time flies during sedation, that their appointments are completely anxiety free, and that they have little or no memory of their treatment.
Because the effects of oral sedation are long lasting, you will need someone to drive you home from your appointment. You should avoid operating a vehicle or making any big plans for the rest of the day. After a good night’s sleep, you will be able to resume your normal schedule.
Contact Us to Learn More about Sedation Dentistry
Our professional and compassionate team looks forward to helping you get the dental care you need to stay healthy. If you want to learn more about how sedation dentistry can benefit you, contact our office. We look forward to welcoming you!