Published: 12/20/2017

There’s no need to fear a dentist’s appointment with the option of sedation dentistry. With varying levels of sedation, you can choose how much of your dental experience you remember — whether you choose simply a mild anesthetic or full unconsciousness. Sedation dentistry is designed with your comfort and safety levels in mind, to make the experience as fearless and painless as possible.

What Are the Types of Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can be broken down into oral sedation, local anesthetic, and general anesthetic, with a number of benefits from each.

  • Oral sedation: By taking oral medication in the form of a pill, oral sedation acts as a relaxant prior to the dental procedure. Dr. Weigand will often recommend the best form of oral sedation depending on your health needs.
  • Local anesthetic: Local anesthetic uses unique vibrations to mute or block pain impulses before they can travel through your nervous system to the brain. This significantly reduces pain and discomfort to take the terror out of the experience.
  • General anesthetic: Full general anesthetic is similar to undergoing other forms of medical surgery, and provides complete unconsciousness for the procedure.

The type of sedation you’ll use will vary based on the procedures being performed.

Why Do You Need Sedation Dentistry?

Dental anxiety is extremely common, and leads to many patients delaying or even outright skipping necessary dental procedures out of fear of the dentist and the pain involved. Any dental conditions you may be dealing with could worsen the longer you prolong the wait. If you need help to overcome the anxiety of a dentists’ visit, sedation can be the solution you need.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

You will work with a qualified, highly experienced dentist with expertise in safe administration of various forms of sedation and anesthesiology. Dr. Weigand is committed to your safety, and will do everything possible to make sure you have nothing to fear. Contact our office in Spokane, WA to schedule an appointment today!

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