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Maintain Optimum Oral Health with Sedation Dentistry

Posted on November 29th, 2017

Do you suffer from dental anxiety? Dental anxiety is a condition in which an individual feels stress or anxiousness over the idea of receiving an oral health care treatment or procedure from a dentist or even from visiting a dentist office. Fortunately, sedation dentistry exists to help provide individuals with relaxing and calming sedatives to remove any fears that they may have.

If an individual is looking for a mild relaxant to help remove dental anxiety, oral inhalation of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, can be administered to help remove pain and stress in individuals. It is often considered the only sedative that allows an individual to effectively drive themselves home after their treatment is given.

For a more in-depth treatment, consider oral sedation or intravenous sedation. Oral sedation works by giving a person a pill to ingest. However, the pill typically takes up to an hour before it fully kicks in, although dosages can be altered. With intravenous sedation, the effect is immediate and can put in an individual into a calming sleep instantaneously.

For the deepest sedation, general anesthesia can be used to put an individual completely unconscious. While under the effects of anesthesia, the individual will not wake up until the substance has completely worn off.

If you would like to book an exam for a sedation dentistry treatment with Dr. Daniel McKay, DDS and the rest of our team at McKay Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry, you are welcome to call our dentist office at for an appointment in Seattle, Washington.


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Written by Daniel McKay, DDS

Dr. McKay is the dentist for the Seattle University athletics department. He is also a proud fellow of the International Dental Implant Association. Since 1993, Dr. McKay has established himself as one of the finest dentists in Seattle with praise from his patients and respect from his colleagues.

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