Dr. Richard MontandonBoard Certified Anesthesiologist
Oral Conscious Sedation
For our patients with dental anxiety, gag reflex issues or other concerns, oral conscious sedation is an excellent option. This form of sedation uses an oral medication that is taken before your dental appointment. While you will be awake during your treatment, many patients do not remember the experience. You will rest in a deeply relaxed state while we complete your dental care. Patients are required to have a companion to bring them to and from our office due to the level of sedation.
Nitrous oxide, often called laughing gas, is a mild form of sedation that can provide a relaxing experience for the patient. Breathing in the gas creates a sense of euphoria and can put patients at ease. Nitrous oxide is safe and effective, but the effects wear off quickly. You will be back to yourself in a few minutes, and patients can drive after using laughing gas for sedation.
The deepest form of sedation dentistry we offer is IV sedation. For individuals with severe dental anxiety, gag reflex or disabilities, this may be recommended to allow the patient to sleep during their treatments. IV sedation may also be recommended for invasive procedures like extractions or oral surgery. We have a board certified anesthesiologist on our dental team to ensure patients are safely sedated.
Sedation dentistry can be a wonderful tool to improve the patient experience during dental treatments. To learn more about sedation options, contact our dental team at our office in Liberty Lake, WA. We can discuss our protocols to give you access to safe and effective sedation dentistry.