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Sedation Dentistry in Castle Rock

Providing Dental Sedation Services

Because we offer such a wide variety of complex restorative dental care treatments, we understand the effects that dental anxiety can have on a smile. People who experience extreme dental anxiety may go for years without visiting a dentist. Of course, the Cowlitz River Dental team would prefer that you come see us regularly to avoid advanced oral health problems. That’s why we offer three different types of sedation dentistry: nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Relaxed patient in dental chairOral sedation is a moderate form of sedation that may be the right choice for patients who cannot feel truly comfortable when receiving only nitrous oxide. Our team will prescribe anti-anxiety medication and give you detailed instructions on when to take it before your appointment’s scheduled time. Once the effects begin, patients should remain awake but feel deeply relaxed and at ease. They may not even remember any details about the visit once they’ve returned home and recovered from the sedative effects.

Patients undergoing oral sedation will need a trusted friend or family member to escort them to and from our Castle Rock, WA location and watch over them afterwards until the sedative wears off. This type of sedation may be a good option for patients who are needing several dental procedures and would like to receive them all in one visit for added convenience.

IV Sedation

Relaxed patient with eyes closed in dental chairIV sedation is even more effective than oral sedation and is a good option for patients with moderate to severe dental-related anxiety. Instead of receiving oral medication, the sedative process will not begin until the patient has arrived at the practice and is comfortably seated in the treatment chair. Our team will then insert the IV and start administering medication directly into the bloodstream. Our team will closely monitor you throughout the process, and the dosage can be easily adjusted at any time if needed.

IV sedation allows patients to stay awake throughout treatment while also entering a deep state of relaxation. The effect is strong enough that you may realize that you don’t actually remember anything about the experience following treatment. As with oral sedation, patients will need to arrange for an escort following their procedure, as they will not be capable of transporting themselves home.