Sedation Dentistry

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Dr. Ty Etheridge has received extensive special training in dental sedation. Only 1% of the dentists in the country are qualified in conscious sedation dentistry, and patients come from the Greater Seattle area and all over Western Washington to be treated by Dr. Ty using this comfortable, safe and effective system.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medicine called Triazolam to help you be relaxed and comfortable while receiving dental procedures. It is a small blue pill taken about 1 hour before your visit to the office. This tablet has been prescribed by physicians over 10 million times each year for patient’s use at home. The drug has almost no side effects or interactions with other medications you may currently be taking.

What are the Benefits of Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a simple cleaning to extensive treatment. One of the additional benefits is that the medicine has an amnesia quality, which for most patients tends to prevent almost any memory of the visit. It is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” because of this and its other pleasant effects.

  • Oral sedation dentistry enhances effectiveness of the anesthetic.
  • Dental sedation decreases gagging.
  • Joint and muscle soreness is decreased with dental sedation.
  • Sedation dentistry allows more treatment to be provided in a shorter time, which could decrease total number of visits.

How Long Do The Effects of Sedation Dentistry Last?

For most patients, the effects of dental sedation last between 2-4 hours, so we require you to have someone bring you to your dental appointment as well as drive you home from our office.

Conscious Sedation: Am I Really Asleep?

We call it sleep dentistry because most patients do tend to fall asleep. However it is really a conscious sedation as you can still respond to verbal commands from the dentist. Even the most apprehensive patients have been ecstatic with the results of sedation dentistry.

Oral Sedation Dentistry Safety

During conscious sedation, the sedation dentist and his team constantly monitor each patient with a computerized pulse oximeter, which measures heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. We also have a reversal agent on hand that reverses the effect of the dental sedation medicine in less than 30 seconds. We have treated over 5000 patients with sedation dentistry safely and comfortably. We are caring for patients everyday in our Seattle office using this safe, comfortable and relaxing oral sedation method.


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