Sedation Dentistry

Man sleeping during xrays, using sedation therapy to relieve anxietyDon’t let dental anxiety stop you from taking care of your smile! At our Kirkland office, we don’t want anything to come between you and the best dental care possible; that’s why we offer two distinct levels of dental sedation for our patients.

Laughter Is The Best Medicine…

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, has been used in dentistry for over 100 years. Administered through a soft mask placed over your nose, the gaseous mixture takes the edge off and may give you a somewhat euphoric feeling, but it does not control pain. You will still need to have anesthetic injections for certain procedures. However, once your procedure is finished, you will begin to feel normal again within a few minutes. You’ll be able to drive yourself home and continue about your day.

“Knock Me Out Please!”

For some patients, even the thought of being awake in the dentist’s chair is too much. For other patients, nitrous reacts with their body chemistry to make them more nervous than they were initially. Dr. Theron Manson offers another solution to help make your dental appointments easier: light conscious oral sedation via Halcion. This prescription sedative will be given to you about an hour before your treatment starts. It will leave you calm and relaxed, but you will still be able to hear and respond to the dentist. In some cases, after the medication wears off, the patient does not even remember the treatment. Be aware that you’ll need to bring a buddy with you to your appointment since you will be unable to drive for 24 hours. 

Which Is Best For Me?

Woman taking pill as part of her oral sedation therapy for relief of anxietyNitrous is a great, thoroughly tested option if you have a short procedure and low levels of anxiety. You may be able to use it only during the injection stage or for a limited time at the beginning of the procedure. On the other hand, if you have certain health conditions or are extremely nervous about your visit, Halcion may be a better option for you. Light conscious sedation works well for longer, more involved procedures since it lasts a few hours before wearing off.  Dr. Manson can work with you regardless of which option you choose, however, due to regulations, you can only use one at a time, and not in conjunction with each other.

Don’t let anxiety make you put off your dental care. Call Manson Dentistry today to find out how we can help you.