Sedation Dentistry

Calm your dental fears and anxieties on your terms.
Happy, loving woman listening to music outside after getting sedation dentistry

Finally, Put Your Dental Fears To Rest

Are you afraid of the dentist or anxious about your upcoming dental procedure?

Dr. Michele Taylor understands the fears associated with dentistry and is committed to your total body health. Avoiding the dentist’s office can harm not only your oral health but also your overall health in the long run. It could result in more complex, extensive dental work in the future.

You may have had a horrible experience with a dental office in the past or cannot stand the sounds and smells of a dental office. No matter your reasoning for avoiding the dentist, we offer sedation dentistry options to help.

How does it help?

  • Immediately eases your anxiety
  • You may forget the dental appointment
  • Complete more procedures in fewer appointments
  • Easy administration
  • Reduces gag reflexes

We Offer 3 Types of Sedation Dentistry

Choose your method.
Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide (inhaled minimal sedation), otherwise known as “laughing gas” is a safe and effective sedation method that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. Dr. Taylor controls the amount of sedation you need to help you relax. Since the effects wear off quickly, this is the only sedation method that offers the possibility to drive yourself home after your procedure.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves taking an anti-anxiety medication before your appointment. The effects can range from minimal to moderate, depending on the dosage. For minimal sedation, you take a prescribed pill, usually one hour before your dental appointment. This will make you drowsy, but you will still be awake. Moderate oral sedation involves a larger dose making some people groggy enough to fall asleep during their treatment.

IV Moderate Sedation

IV sedation (or sometimes known as “sleep dentistry”) has several benefits. Sedative and pain-alleviating drugs are administered through a vein, so it works more quickly. This method allows Dr. Taylor to adjust the level of sedation during your procedure, so you receive as little medication as possible. You’ll be awake throughout the appointment, allowing you to return to normal activities more quickly, but you will hardly remember it.

Have Questions About Sedation Dentistry?

Consult our frequently asked questions below.
  • Who can have sedation at the dental office?

    Ideal candidates for sedation dentistry are people with real fear or anxiety that prevents them from going to the dentist.

    Sedation may also be appropriate for those who:

    • have a low pain threshold
    • can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
    • have extremely sensitive teeth
    • have a strong gag reflex
    • require a significant amount of dental work
  • Will sedation dentistry put me to sleep?
    You may hear the term “sleep dentistry;” however, sedation dentistry doesn’t make you fall asleep. Instead, it puts you in a deep relaxation where you may feel drowsy and forget about the visit altogether. You may FEEL like you were sleeping. Either way, you’ll feel your anxiety disappear while we get your smile healthy.
  • Is it safe?
    Absolutely! All of our sedation methods are incredibly safe. Our dental team has received the training and education to administer sedation dentistry, and we always pursue continuing education to ensure we’re serving our patients with the best and updated care available.
  • Can I drive home after having sedation dentistry?
    With oral sedation and IV sedation, you must arrange a ride home. With sedation, you’ll feel groggy and drowsy, making it very dangerous to drive back home. If you decide to have sedation dentistry, make sure you have a ride set up before and after your appointment.
"More Current on Techniques and Technology"

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If you are looking for a dentist that truly cares, you will want to see Dr. Taylor. I highly recommend seeing her for all your dental needs. She is more current on techniques and technology than I've ever seen!

Nancy C., Actual Patient

Don't Let Fear Stop You From Getting The Care You Need

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Taylor and let's discuss your sedation options

Locations We Serve:
  • Renton, WA
  • May Creek, WA
  • Hazelwood, WA
  • Newcastle, WA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Renton Highlands, WA