Sedation Dentistry

Sit Back, Relax, and Smile

At DeFelice Dentistry, we know the dental office isn’t your ideal place to spend your time. For millions of Americans, the fear and anxiety associated with the dentist is enough to prevent them from seeking the care they need. That’s why we do everything we can to make your dental experience as relaxed, comfortable, and pain-free as possible. Getting the care you need today is essential in preventing more painful and costly problems down the road. Whether you need help relaxing for a routine cleaning and exam, or want to complete all your dental work comfortably in one visit, we are happy to offer sedation options to help you get the care you need.

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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of a mild to moderate sedative during dental treatment to help patients relax. Sedation is great for a number of patients with varying needs, from dental anxiety to a bad gag reflex. Sedation is not the same as general anesthesia. General anesthesia is used to numb the entire body and “put you under” or put you to sleep. With general anesthetic, you need assistance breathing and monitoring proper heart function.

Sedation is designed to keep you generally awake and able to respond to the doctor but put you in a relaxed, dream-like sedated state. Some patients do relax enough to fall asleep, but you will be easily awakened. Sedation does produce some amnesic effects, so the details of your appointment will be fuzzy if you remember anything at all. With sedation, you can take a seat in the chair and your appointment will be over before you can say “aah”.

Is sedation right for me?

If you suffer from any of the following, sedation might be just what you need to help you get the care you deserve:

  • General dental anxiety or fear of the dentist
  • Fear of dental tools, sounds, or smells
  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of blood
  • Fear of pain or low pain tolerance
  • Bad gag reflex
  • Small mouth or TMJ dysfunction
  • Physical disability
  • Difficulty with anesthesia
  • Uncomfortable with personal space
  • Embarrassed of poor oral health

Oral Conscious Sedation

There are varying ways to administer sedation, and various levels of sedation depending on the patient and the treatment to be performed. At DeFelice Dentistry, we use a method called oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation uses a prescription sedative that Dr. DeFelice will prescribe and you will pick up at your local pharmacy. You will take the sedative about an hour before your appointment to help you relax.

You will start to feel very relaxed, comfortable, and maybe a bit euphoric or lethargic, and your appointment will be over before you know it. With oral conscious sedation, we can perform routine cleanings and exams, as well as more major surgical and restorative procedures all in a single visit while you are completely comfortable. With sedation, you don’t have to take multiple trips to the dentist, you can get all your work done in a single visit!

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If you have any questions about sedation dentistry or would like to schedule a visit with your Spokane sedation dentist, Dr. DeFelice at DeFelice Dentistry, give us a call today or request an appointment online! We are happy to provide quality dental care for our patients from Spokane, Spokane Valley, Airway Heights, Country Homes, Fairwood, Geiger, and beyond.

DeFelice Dentistry

4703 N. Maple St.
Spokane, WA 99205
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