Sedation Dentistry in Oak Harbor, WA

Have a Comfortable & Painless Dental Visit

Do you have anxiety that prevents you from going to the dentist for dental care? You’re not alone. As many as 50 to 80 percent of American adults have dental anxiety. However, patients who avoid receiving necessary dental treatment out of fear of pain and discomfort risk developing serious oral health complications in the future.

At Whidbey Dental Associates, our Oak Harbor dentists provide two types of sedation dentistry: IV and oral sedation to help patients with dental anxiety relax during their visit. Read our guide to learn how you can benefit from sedation dentistry.

What Is Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry consists of methods and techniques to provide patients with states of calm and relaxation. Sedation dentistry allows patients to undergo dental treatments and procedures without fear and anxiety. With dental sedation, you’ll see your dentist and get the care you need to keep your oral health at its optimal.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation is a safe and effective method of sedation applied through an IV. With IV conscious sedation, our patients can overcome their dental anxiety reaching a comfortable level of relaxation.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Wirth will answer questions regarding the procedure and discuss your sedation options.

Oral Sedation

Oral conscious sedation involves taking oral medication before your treatment. By the time of your appointment, you’ll feel calm and at ease. The effects of this dental sedative typically last longer than those of nitrous oxide, so you’ll need to secure reliable transportation home.

Benefits of Sedation

In addition to relieving stress and anxiety, sedation provides a variety of benefits for our patients, such as:

  • Experiencing no pain from invasive procedures
  • Having little or no memory of the procedure
  • Being awake and responsive during the procedure
  • Easy application and adjust the dosage to your comfort

Sedation Process

When you come to our Oak Harbor dental office for your procedure, we’ll ensure you’re comfortable before administering the sedation. Once you have reached a comfortable level of sedation, we’ll begin your procedure. While the IV and oral sedation we offer is conscious sedation, some patients feel so relaxed that they become drowsy.

Candidacy for Sedation

Sedation may be ideal if you’re nervous about going to the dentist. Generally, dental sedation is best for patients who:

  • Require extensive or invasive dental work
  • Have a fear of needles or dental instruments
  • Sensitive to the noise and smell of a dental office
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Had a traumatic experience receiving dental care in the past

Frequently Asked Questions

Whidbey Dental Associates

794 East Whidbey Ave.
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

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