Sedation Dentistry in Gig Harbor

If you feel anxious or uncomfortable seeing the dentist, we understand. Dental fear or phobia are not uncommon and can be caused by a number of reasons, such as poor previous dental experiences or childhood events. However, it’s important to realize that dental checkups are important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Despite your best efforts, decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems can creep up without you realizing it. And if these problems are not properly treated, they can lead to serious health complications.

At Uptown Dental Gig Harbor, we offer sedation dentistry as a way to calm your nerves and ensure your dental experience is smooth and comfortable. We offer a number of sedation options:

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is best for people who have high anxiety or fear about seeing the dentist. It is also well-suited for patients who require multiple procedures performed in the same appointment. In cases like these, general anesthesia, or “sleep dentistry”, may be recommended which puts the patients to sleep during their procedure. This form of sedation is completely safe and allows the dentist to perform your procedure without you feeling a thing.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is another type of sedation which involves the patients ingesting an oral sedative before their appointment. By the time their procedure begins, they will be fully relaxed. Depending on your case, nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, may be given to you to increase the relaxation effects of the sedative. Your vitals will be closed monitored to ensure your comfort and safety.

IV Conscious Sedation

IV conscious sedation is administered through an IV which puts the patient in a calm and relaxed state. Often times, you may not remember parts of your procedure as you drift in and out of sleep; however, you will still be able to respond to simple verbal cues from the dentist. Because the sedative's effects take time to wear off, you will have to have someone drive you home following your appointment.

The dental team at Uptown Dental Gig Harbor will help you to choose the appropriate sedation method for your needs. Contact us to learn more about out sedation options today.