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Sedation Dentistry

What if you could have all your dentistry that you have been putting off for years in the conventional dental office in one or two comfortable visits?

 

What if you could finally receive all of the treatment while sleeping- free of fear and pain?

 

We specialize in Sedation Dentistry and Sleep Dentistry, treating people with dental phobias and anxieties We offer different types of sedation dentistry. These include administering oral sedation, a pill, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and intravenous sedation to deliver a combination of drugs. All this depends on the needs of the patient.

In this way the patient and the dentist are comfortable providing and receiving the best possible dental care-safe, and free of stress and pain.

What is Sedation Dentistry or Sleep Dentistry?

 

The patient is given oral medication about one hour before your appointment. The medicine puts you in a light state of sedation and you sleep thru your dental appointment. It is Safe! When you awaken your dental treatment is completed.

You need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Once you arrive, you are allowed to rest comfortably in a warm, quiet room under a cozy blanket. During the entire time you are here, we will closely monitor you to ensure your safety.

Complex dental treatments that often require six or more appointments can be done in as little as one!

All while you sleep.

Sedation Options Available at Excel Dental:

 

  • Minimal Sedation (Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas or Medication)
  • Moderate Sedation (Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas with Medication)
  • IV Sedation
  • General Anesthesia

There are many sedation options for those that have anxiety or fear of going to the dentist, or if the treatment might be a painful experience.  Excel Dental is unique here in Clark County, WA in that we offer all sedation options available.  Many dental offices offer minimal sedation (nitrous or pills).  Very few offer all options.

Every person is unique with unique needs.  Please ask if you have any questions, or want to discuss which sedation method will be best for you.

Minimal Sedation

  • While still awake, using nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or a medication, it takes the edge off and helps many people feel comfortable while at the dentist. Often people will say they feel like they are floating, or just aren’t as concerned with receiving dental treatment.

Moderate Sedation

  • The biggest different between minimal and moderate sedation is that the person likely will go to sleep and not be able to remember part or all of the dental procedures completed. This level is accomplished with medication alone or a combination of medication with nitrous oxide (laughing gas).  This level of sedation requires the dentist to have much more training and the person receiving the sedation will have monitoring equipment throughout the procedure.

Moderate Sedation with Parenteral Agents (IV Sedation)

  • This level of sedation is accomplished with an IV and medications delivered through the IV line. Only a handful of dentists and specialists in the area have this level of sedation where the person can go to sleep using this method.  Advanced monitoring equipment is used throughout the procedure.  One significant benefit for people being seen here at Excel Dental is most all dental procedures can be completed in our office.  On occasion we have people requesting this level of sedation for many procedures, including:
    • Extractions
    • Implants
    • Wisdom Teeth Removal
    • Root Canals
    • Crowns (Caps)
    • Fillings
    • Sinus & Bone Grafting
    • even on occasion Dental Cleanings.

General Anesthesia

General Anesthesia, or deep sedation is similar to IV sedation in that the patient is asleep.  The sedation is deeper and advanced monitoring equipment must be used.  This level requires the highest level of training available for sedation.   We work with a dental anesthesiologist and are able to complete most all dental procedures at the office.  People requiring this level of sedation may have the following procedures:

  • Extractions
  • Implants
  • Wisdom Teeth Removal
  • Root Canals
  • Crowns (Caps)
  • Fillings
  • Sinus & Bone Grafting
  • even on occasion Dental Cleanings.
  • Pulpotomies and SS Crowns (kids with primary teeth)
  • Disabled or Developmentally Delayed
  • Severely Medically Compromised (i.e. Alzheimer’s, Dementia, etc.)
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