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Sedation Dentistry in Lake Stevens

Thanks to oral conscious sedation dentistry the All Smiles Dentistry team can complete years of treatment in just a couple of visits. Most oral conscious sedation patients nap through their appointments and leave feeling healthy and relaxed.

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Oral Sedation Process

The oral sedation process always begins with a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Jason Steinhubel. During the consultation, you will discuss your dental health history, treatment needs and any concerns you may have. After your consultation, a member of our care team performs an initial exam for diagnostic purposes.

We schedule a separate oral conscious sedation visit with you. Before your visit, Dr. Steinhubel will prescribe appropriate medication in pill form that you take in advance of treatment.

During your treatment visit, we make sure you are relaxed and resting comfortably. Once treatment is complete, we stay with you until you are alert and ready to go home. A companion will need to drive you to and from your visit and be available after your appointment to help you rest.

WHY SEDATION

For many patients undergoing a dental procedure; the fear of pain, hearing the sounds of the drills, and the prolonged nature of the procedure can be overwhelming. We strive to reduce these fears by providing safe and effective sedation alternatives like Nitrous Oxide, Oral Sedation, and IV sedation options.

SEDATION OPTIONS AND PROCESS

The sedation process always begins with a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Jason Steinhubel or Dr. Todd Berggren. During the consultation, you will discuss your dental health history, treatment needs and any concerns you may have. After your consultation, a member of our care team performs an initial exam for diagnostic purposes.

NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION PROCESS

Due to the nature of this sedation option, we do not need to schedule a separate sedation visit and are able to offer same day treatment. Nitrous Oxide is administered through a nasal mask. It is a colorless, slightly sweet gas that is used during dental treatment for relaxation and anxiety relief.

During your treatment visit, when inhaled, it can induce feelings of euphoria and sedation; it also can produce sensations of drowsiness, warmth and tingling in the hands, feet and/or the mouth. In the dental setting it will not induce unconsciousness. Since Nitrous Oxide is flushed from the system with oxygen after your appointment, you are able to drive yourself to and from your visit.

ORAL SEDATION PROCESS

We schedule a separate oral conscious sedation visit with you and before your visit, Dr. Jason Steinhubel or Dr. Todd Berggren will prescribe appropriate medication in pill form that you take in advance of treatment.

Oral sedation is administered as a medication in pill form. During your treatment visit, we make sure you are relaxed and resting comfortably. Once treatment is complete, we stay with you until you are alert and ready to go home. A companion will need to be present in the office for the duration of your appointment as well as drive you to and from your appointment and be available after your appointment to help you rest.

IV SEDATION PROCESS

We schedule a separate IV sedation visit with you, prior to your treatment visit, you will speak to a registered nurse who will review your health history and provide you with instructions to ensure you are properly prepared for your procedure Intravenous sedation, also known as IV Sedation is a type of anesthesia that relaxes a patient through an intravenous (IV) placed in a vein. During IV (conscious) sedation you are not “asleep” but rather in a much safer and more comfortable “semi-awake” state of reduced anxiety. During IV sedation, you are able to respond to verbal commands, or to light physical touch. You need no medical assistance to maintain adequate breathing and heart function.

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