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Sedation Dentistry in Puyallup, WA

Keeping You Relaxed During Your Dental Treatments

At BellaSmiles Dentistry, we know that some patients suffer from a higher level of anxiety when it comes time to visit the dentist. If you are one of these patients, our Puyallup dentists can offer you sedation dentistry. With our safe and effective sedatives, we can assure you that you will be completely at ease while we provide you with dental services.

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The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

There are many reasons that sedation dentistry can be a great option for your procedure. Talk to a member of our staff about dental anesthesia – we can help you determine if oral sedation is right for you!

Some of the benefits of sedation dentistry include:

  • The perception of fast procedures: Sedation dentistry will cause even the longest procedures to feel as if they passed by in no time.
  • Anxiety-free procedures: When you are under dental sedation, you will be completely relaxed and will not have to worry about the stress or fear you usually experience when you go to the dentist’s office.
  • Improved dental care habits: Being free from the fear of dental procedures will allow you to tend to your dental health as often as needed.

Why should I consider sedation dentistry?

At BellaSmiles Dentistry, we encounter too many patients who put off getting routine dental services for years, sometimes decades, due to a general phobia or prior traumatic experience with a dentist. This can lead to pain and expense down the road that could have been avoided. If you are the least bit apprehensive about getting dental care, sedation dentistry can calm your nerves before the procedure and keep you relaxed while it’s underway. The end result? You’ll see your dentist when you should, instead of when you absolutely must. Call our office in Puyallup, WA, to see if you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry.

How do you sedate patients who undergo sedation dentistry?

It depends on the patient and the degree of their anxiety about their procedure. For patients who are palpably apprehensive, but not a complete ball of nerves, we usually administer an oral sedative, typically a benzodiazepine, a few minutes prior to the procedure. An occasional whiff of nitrous oxide keeps the patient relaxed while their dental work is being done. BellaSmiles Dentistry encourages you to be completely open with us about your anxiety, and to let us know if you prefer sedation dentistry. We won’t be offended in the least!

Will I be groggy after sedation dentistry?

Yes. It typically takes about 24 hours for the medication used in sedation dentistry to leave your system. That’s why we require you to be accompanied by someone to drive you home after your procedure at BellaSmiles Dentistry.

I have a heart condition. Can I still opt for sedation dentistry?

Patients with cardiac or respiratory disease may have to consider carefully whether sedation dentistry is worth the risk. You may wish to consult with your cardiologist or pulmonologist before proceeding. Here again, honesty is the best policy. Full disclosure to BellaSmiles Dentistry about your medical history, and all medicines you are taking, even herbal supplements, will help us know how to respond in case of emergency. We will consult with your physician/cardiologist to determine if you are a good candidate for sedation.

Does insurance cover sedation dentistry?

Unfortunately, not always. If you absolutely need sedation dentistry in order to get through necessary oral surgery or routine dental procedures, BellaSmiles Dentistry will do our level best to keep the service affordable or find workable financing through CareCredit or other means. We will also check with your dental insurance to verify possible coverage. Call our office in Puyallup, WA, for an appointment today.

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