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If you have dental anxiety, sedatives can be used to help you stay calm when visiting the dentist. The effects of sedatives range from slight relaxation to a deep sleep. For a list of some of the most common types of sedation used in dentistry, look below:

– Deep Sedation with General Anesthesia: General anesthesia used to place a patient into a deep sleep during the procedure. With deep sedation, patients will not wake up until the anesthesia has entirely worn off.

– IV Sedation: Intravenous sedation is injected directly into your bloodstream for an extremely fast and effective form of sedation.

– Oral Sedation: Your dentist can prescribe a medication that can be taken prior to your visit to help you relax.

– Inhaled Minimal Sedation: Often considered the mildest and most generic form of sedation, inhaled sedation uses a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, to help patients remain calm. The effect wears off quickly.

If you are looking for a dentist in Spokane Valley, Washington, Stephen Woodard would love to help. For a cleaning and thorough, and to learn more about how we use sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Woodard by calling our office at 509-924-8585. Dental anxiety can be conquered, so feel free to call us today!