Sedation DentistryFear of visiting the dentist is usually associated with children, but the truth is: Many adults purposely neglect even a simple biannual checkup and often visit the dentist when it is already too late to prevent a serious problem. Fortunately, you now have the option of sedation dentistry, which Dr. Keith Phillips and his highly trained team are proud to offer at our Tacoma dental office.

Sedation dentistry is a technique used to help fearful patients relax during their dental appointment, regardless of how minor the procedure is. This technique is often referred to as “sleep dentistry,” but that is not entirely accurate: Although you will often feel as if you had woken up from a relaxing sleep after the sedation effects have worn off, you will be fully awake and able to speak throughout the entire procedure.

We offer a variety of sedation options, which we will help you choose based on your individual needs and preferences. Options include:

  • Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” – You inhale the nitrous oxide through a mask placed over your nose.
  • Oral sedation – Taken as a pill approximately one hour prior to the treatment.
  • IV sedation – An intravenous option that can be controlled by the dentist throughout the treatment.
  • General anesthesia – Often used during extensive oral surgeries, this is the only option where you are actually asleep.

Whether you have low pain tolerance, a strong gag reflex, an inability to sit still due to nerves or any other form of discomfort, you will now be able to experience absolute relaxation when visiting us for the required dental procedures.

Did you know that sedation dentistry is just one of the ways to make a trip to your dentist an anxiety-free one?

The medications used in sedation dentistry are very safe – although no medication is entirely risk-free. Most dentists use benzodiazepines, which have very few side effects and do not contain any addictive substances.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who are anxious at even the thought of visiting your dentist for a check up or dental procedure, conscious sedation dentistry is the ideal solution. This type of dentistry isn’t just about making the procedure itself pain-free – it’s about effectively handling psychological factors in order to keep you calm and relaxed in the dentist’s chair.

If you live in Tacoma, WA, or surrounding areas and would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Keith Phillips today. We look forward to providing you with the most comfortable dental experience you can find!

To find out more about Sedation Dentistry please call us at 253-922-6822 or fill out our online contact form.