Roots Dental
Dr. Clark Brinton and Dr. Seth Huish

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sedation Dentistry

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We encourage patients to come to us with questions about their treatment, our dental office, or what to expect when they come to Roots Dental. Our entire team is committed to helping you feel confident in the decisions you make regarding your oral health.

Below, you will find some of the most common questions that patients have. If you don't see yours listed, just give us a call. We are always happy to help.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety, a strong gag reflex, and difficulty getting numb are all reasons that our patients have said they stay away from the dentist. Rather than putting you through a stressful or less than ideal dental appointment, we decided to come up with a solution by offering sedation dentistry here in our Portland dental office.

Every patient is different, and with that in mind, we wanted to make your options convenient for you with three different sedation levels to choose from.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

This is a mild, odorless gas that you inhale through a small nose mask. We control your sedation level throughout your appointment. The effects wear off shortly after we stop administering the gas, and you will feel clear-headed by the time you drive home.

Oral Conscious Sedation

As the name suggests, you will remain conscious throughout your appointment, but you may not remember much of it because oral sedation helps patients relax into a dreamy state. Time flies, and your appointment will feel easy and stress-free. You will need a driver since the medication is long-lasting. You will also feel groggy after treatment and should go home and rest.

IV Sedation

This is our highest level of sedation and will be administered through an IV. Like oral sedation, you will need a driver and should take the rest of the day off to relax after your treatment.

Man at dentist | Portnald OR Sedation Dentist One of the concerns that our patients talk to us about is the memory of a painful dental procedure in the past that has created anxiety about future treatment. At Roots Dental, we make patient comfort a priority for all procedures – from the smallest filling to full-mouth reconstruction. Our dentists are highly skilled at delivering anesthetic in a way that causes minimal discomfort.

We use high-strength topical gel to numb the area before we numb your tooth. This results in a more comfortable overall experience. Next, we use the latest anesthetics to provide a comfortable experience. We administer the anesthetic and wait for it to take effect before we begin any procedure. Each patient is different, and we leave enough time for every patient to become completely numb before beginning any procedure.

If your tooth is not numb, we will not work on it. 

Types of Sedation Dentistry 

Sometimes having anxiety can prevent anesthetic from becoming fully effective. We can help with any anxiety you may have because we offer sedation dentistry in three different levels:

  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • Oral conscious sedation
  • IV sedation

If you have had a history of dental anxiety or would like to learn more about how we provide gentle dentistry for our patients, please contact us.

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