Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment at Mid-Columbia Dental like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. When your treatment is complete, you have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting. Dr. Tim McNamara and our team are pleased to offer you the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry, right here at the convenience of our Kennewick dental office.
You may benefit from sedation dentistry if you have:
- A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
- A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
- A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows Dr. McNamara to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably if you have anxiety when visiting the dentist. When you undergo sedation dentistry, you may experience:
- No memory of undergoing the procedure
- No sense of time while under sedation
- No sense of smell or sound
- No fear or anxiety during treatment
Dr. McNamara has provided sedation dentistry to patients throughout Kennewick for many years, making it a simple, relaxing way to complete the oral care you need.
Types of Sedation
There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at Mid-Columbia Dental. Dr. McNamara and our team are licensed by the American Dental Association, and you will find that we are both respectful and professional at all times.
There are three levels of sedation at which Dr. McNamara can administer your treatment: mild sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation.
- Mild Sedation — Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is the most common form of mild sedation. Dr. McNamara often uses it for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or situations that are more complex. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. You will recover from inhaled sedation immediately after you begin to breathe normal oxygen.
- Moderate Sedation — Anxiolysis is used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures. This form of conscious sedation often refers to the use of oral medications. With oral conscious sedation, you will remain awake throughout your procedure, but will be in a deep state of relaxation. We require that a parent, spouse, or friend accompany you to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving may be unsafe.
- Deep Sedation — If you receive deep sedation, you will go between consciousness and unconsciousness during your dental procedure. You may have no recollection of the treatment and will be unable to respond to commands even if you are awake at times during the procedure. If you receive deep sedation, we require that a parent, spouse, or friend accompany you to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving may be unsafe.
Please contact our Kennewick, WA dental office to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method may be right for you.