Lina Kim DDS

Laurelhurst Office
4540 Sand Point Way NE
Suite 340
Seattle WA 98105
(206) 985-0232

Magnolia Office
3150 W Government Way
Suite 1A
Seattle WA 98199
(206) 402-3904

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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry provides safe, comfortable dental treatment for patients with special needs. Sometimes called relaxation dentistry, sedation dentistry is a method of managing pain and anxiety during professional dental care through the use of medication.

You can benefit from sedation dentistry if you experience one or more of the following:

  • High fear of dental care
  • Complex dental problems
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Fear of needles and shots
  • Trouble getting numb
  • Sensitive teeth

The two most common types of sedation dentistry are:

  1. Oral conscious sedation
  2. Inhalation sedation

Oral conscious sedation

Through this type of sedation you will experience very deep relaxation while still being conscious. Your doctor will provide you with an oral medication that is easy to swallow, safe, and low cost. When the medication takes effect, you will be able to speak and respond to external requests.

Inhalation sedation

Inhalation sedation uses nitrous oxide and oxygen (laughing gas) to help your body achieve a relaxed state. This is the most popular form of sedation used in dentistry today.

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