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Sedation Dentistry – Tacoma, WA

Staying Calm & Comfortable
During Root Canal Therapy

Patient with eyes closed during endodontic treatment

If you’re afraid of getting dental care under the best of circumstances, undergoing root canal therapy or other endodontic procedures can be incredibly stressful. To help you stay as comfortable as possible, Dr. Olsson offers several options for sedation; whether you have mild anxiety that can be controlled with nitrous oxide or a severe phobia that requires IV sedation, South Sound Endodontics has the solution to help you overcome your fear and get your tooth the care it needs. Call our practice today to ask about options for sedation dentistry in Tacoma, WA.

Why Choose South Sound Endodontics for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Highest Standards of Patient Comfort
  • IV Sedation Available
  • Comfortable, Stress-Free Procedures

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

Woman with nitrous oxide nose mask

Nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas) is commonly used for patients with mild to moderate dental phobias. You breathe in the gas through a mask placed over your nose; you’ll quickly start to feel its effects (sometimes in as little as 30 seconds), which will leave you relaxed yet conscious. A major advantage of this type of sedation is that it wears off soon after the mask is removed, letting you drive yourself home afterward.

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Patient taking oral sedative pill

For this type of sedation, you’ll take a dose of medicine at a set time before the procedure. (The exact time might vary depending on your case.) You’ll be awake and able to answer questions, but you’ll be extremely relaxed to the point you may not even remember what happened during the appointment. If you decide to have oral conscious sedation done, you’ll need to make arrangements with a friend or family member to drive you home.

IV Dental Sedation

Hand with IV sedation drip in place

The sedative will be injected directly into your veins, usually through your inner elbow or the back of your hand. In some ways, IV sedation is similar to oral conscious sedation; you’ll be relaxed to the point of not remembering much if any of the procedure, and you’ll need someone else to drive you home. However, one important difference is that the level of sedation can be adjusted throughout the treatment depending on your needs.