The various sedation dentistry options available

If you have dental anxiety, you fully understand how difficult it is to keep your dental phobias in check. With our team at Portland Dental, we can assist you in making your visits to the dental chair a more positive experience every time you visit. Drs. Kaveendra Ranasinghe and Cameron Schwab work with patients to help select a method of sedation that can assist in reducing patients who might be nervous about upcoming dental appointments.

What is sedation dentistry?

Our team describes sedation dentistry as a way of reducing anxiety for patients who may have dental phobias. It encompasses several different methods of sedation, including the following:

  • Nitrous oxide sedation. With an odorless, colorless gas called nitrous oxide, dentists can put you at ease! The gas is administered through a mask on the nose during the appointment, providing immediate relaxation. The amount of nitrous oxide given can be adjusted to the patient’s needs.
  • Oral sedation. With a prescription medication taken before the appointment, you can feel comfortable when you arrive and get through your appointment. With oral sedation, you will need to make transportation arrangements.
  • IV sedation. IV sedation uses an intravenous administration of sedation that enters the bloodstream and provides deeper sedation than nitrous oxide and oral sedation. This is best for patients with more complex treatments that may take longer.

Which sedation is best for me?

When you visit Portland Dental, do not hesitate to talk to your dentist about your anxiety. Our team will work with you to find the sedation that works best for your unique needs.

Schedule a visit with our team today!

If you live in the communities of Pearl District, Lake Owego, Beaverton, Portland, Sellwood, Buckman, or Portland, OR, and have questions about the benefits of treating dental anxiety and phobia with IV sedation, oral sedation or nitrous oxide sedation, contact team to discuss your options. Our facility is located at 511 SW 10th Avenue, Suite #1206, and is open to new patients who call for an appointment at (503) 221-8123.