What Is Sedation Dentistry?
We never judge anyone for their anxiety nor the condition of their oral health. On the contrary, we strive to be understanding, patient, and always proactive to make sure you are comfortable and in control of your oral health care at all times.
Will sedation benefit my experience at the dentist?
Yes! For over 20 years, Dr. John Minnoch has helped your neighbors put aside barriers and fears preventing them from receiving needed oral health care. To their delight, many patients are empowered to receive (and even look forward to!):
You can experience similar benefits at the dentist without fear or anxiety!
‘‘As an extremely nervous patient, I was very apprehensive, but all my fears were quickly diminished. Every member of the staff made me feel at ease and was extremely professional yet very caring and totally understanding of my fears. Each stage of my treatment was explained to me, and the end result was truly amazing and far beyond my expectations. Thank you so very much to everyone I met yesterday; words cannot express my feelings. Getting my smile back ... priceless!’’
Rosemary Knight • actual patient Facebook review
‘‘Dr. Minnoch has such a gentle touch. I would swear his hands are the hands of an Angel. His assistant, Kristie is so talented at her job; she REALLY keeps a smile on my face and cheer in my heart. From the time I walk through the door to the time I leave, I am treated with the utmost respect and courtesy. I truly feel like a swaddled baby. I would recommend this place over any place in Bellevue, and I've been to most of them.’’
Jesse Bean • actual patient Facebook review
Can All Dentists Administer Sedation Dentistry?
Federal regulations require physicians to have specific certifications before administering intravenous sedative drugs and others. At Bellevue Dental Care, Dr. John Minnoch, Dr. Jonathan Ip, and our and dental team in Bellevue, WA have received specialized residency training to administer sedatives to patients safely. Our training in conscious and unconscious sedation enables us to use multiple agents for successful and personalized sedation without compromising your health.
From initial contact to post-visit care, our dental team will communicate openly with you, explaining everything before we proceed and asking for permission when appropriate. Our gentle techniques for restorative dentistry, comforting amenities, and relaxed, home-like atmosphere adds to the quality of your dental care.
What Types of Sedatives Can I Choose?
- Oral sedation
After assessing your anxiety level and talking about your goals for each visit, we can give you a pill of the right dosage to help you relax into a feeling described as a “happy” and “sleepy” state. With oral sedation, you can remain conscious and able to signal and answer questions. Note: You will need to have a friend or relative drive you home.
- IV sedation
Intravenous sedation refers to administering the sedative drug directly into a vein. With this advanced method (also known as sleep dentistry), you will reach the desired level of relaxation quicker, and our qualified experts can continually monitor and adjust the level of sedation.
Typically, this method will help you fall into a deep sleep or you will feel half asleep, yet easily awoken. While you dream away, Dr. Minnoch will work on your oral health and smile aesthetics. You will not sense anxiety or fear because it will feel like you are sleeping in your bed! When done, you will wake up and barely remember anything about the procedure. Note: You will need to have a friend or relative drive you home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry
- Does sedation dentistry actually work?
Yes, of course, it does! Those who come to our dental practice in Bellevue love getting their dental work completed without anxiety. Even family and friends can notice the profound change in their loved ones.
One of our dental team members relates:
“One of my best friends could not even open the front door of the dental office without having panic attacks! With sedation dentistry and our gentle techniques and comforts, he slowly built confidence over time and through many good experiences with us. Now, he visits the dental office on a regular basis and even stops by just to say ‘hello’ to myself and the staff! He since accomplished many dental procedures with the assistance of sedation.”
- Will I wake up?
Yes. If you opted for the oral sedation pill method, you will feel drowsy and might fall asleep but you will easily awake when treatment is done. With IV sedation, general anesthesia, or a combination that will make you almost or entirely unconscious, we will wait a few minutes for the effect of the anesthesia to wear off before waking you with a gentle nudge or by softly calling your name. In some cases, our trained specialists will also reverse the effects of the anesthesia with medication.
- Will I be sleepy all day?
It depends on the type of sedative. The effects of the sedative or anesthesia usually wear off in a couple of hours, but it is advised not to drive, walk alone, or operate heavy machinery after treatment. A full evaluation with our trained specialists will help determine the best method of sedation for you.
- Will I forget I was in treatment?
If you want to, yes! Our experts can adjust the sedation level to help you sleep deeply throughout the appointment. Or if you prefer to be away at all times but just in a “relaxed” state, that is also possible. You may remember tiny fragments like a dream or remember nothing at all! For more complex procedures, people often prefer to be fully asleep.
- Who can get sedation dentistry?
A full health examination is performed to determine if you are a candidate for sedation. With our multiple techniques and 20 years of experience, we can provide personalized sedative options for almost all patients.
People who have the following circumstances are often the most interested in sedation dentistry:
- Fear or phobia related to dentistry
- Had a traumatic experience with dentists in the past
- Hypersensitivity of the nerves in the mouth area
- Difficulty keeping open their mouth for lengthy procedures
- Allergic reactions or resistance to local anesthetic
- General anxiety disorders
- A need for extensive surgical or restorative dental work
After calling or sending us a message, people who battled with dental fears were first apprehensive about coming to our office. However, with the help of sedation dentistry, they were amazed at how smooth and peaceful their dental visits were! Many have since conquered their dental fears and no longer request sedation for their dental appointments.