This will come as quite a shock, but not everyone enjoys visiting the dentist. That’s why the Moreno & Young Dental team in Bellingham make a concerted effort to ensure patients are completely comfortable in our office. We take the time to get to know our patients and offer them gentle, attentive dentistry services. However, despite our best efforts, some patients still experience dental anxiety. Other patients may need extra help remaining numb during treatment or improved comfort for advanced and complex procedures. Contact our team to find out more about sedation dentistry services to ensure complete comfort throughout your time in our office.
Oral conscious sedation is very popular with our patients who experience severe dental phobia or anxiety. Before you ever leave home, you’ll take a prescription sedative pill. As the sedative will begin to take effect prior to your arrival in our office, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you to your appointment. By the time you reach our office, you’ll already feel very relaxed, and you’ll remain so throughout treatment. Once your procedure is completed, you will need to be driven home and plan to rest for eight to twelve hours before resuming your daily routine.
Still one of the most popular sedation options available, nitrous oxide takes effect quickly and can be easily adjusted throughout treatment to keep patients completely at ease. We’ll simply place a nasal mask, and you’ll inhale the nitrogen and oxygen combination during your procedure. Once we’ve completed your care, the nitrous mask is removed, and the effects of this sedative will quickly wear away. That means you will be able to resume your daily activities immediately following your appointment.
Intravenous sedation allows us to offer an ideal combination of the best aspects of nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Like nitrous oxide, IV sedation can be adjusted throughout any procedure to ensure patients maintain their ideal level of comfort. However, IV sedatives make it possible for patients to achieve a deeper level of relaxation comparable to what is possible with oral conscious sedation. Like patients who choose to undergo treatment with oral conscious sedation, a trusted friend or relative will need to transport patients to and from the office. Following IV sedation, we also recommend someone be present to monitor the patient’s recovery. The process is simple. We begin an IV drip, typically in the arm. Patients will begin to feel relaxed right away. Once we’ve achieved the desired level of sedation, we can begin treatment. We’ll monitor patients’ vitals to ensure their safety during the procedure, and we can make adjustments to the level of sedation at any point if patients experience discomfort.
When people hear the word sedation, general anesthesiology is actually what they think of most often. Unlike other forms of sedation that simply allow patients to achieve a higher level of comfort and relaxation during dental care, general anesthesia renders patients completely unconscious throughout the course of treatment. In order to safely and effectively perform general anesthesia, a doctor needs to complete years of advanced training and education. For this reason, there are not many dental practices that offer full general anesthesia for patients. In order to safely and comfortably provide our more complex treatments, we’ve chosen to utilize general anesthesia. We partner with a professional anesthesiologist to ensure patient safety, and we’re able to perform complex procedures like dental implant placement and full mouth reconstruction without causing patients any unnecessary anxiety or discomfort. They simply sleep soundly and awake after treatment is concluded. Patients who choose general anesthesia will need to have a trusted friend or family member accompany them to and from our office.