Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry can help you overcome dentist anxiety

While it is common for most people to rank going to the dentist below shoveling snow or picking up after the dog, only about 15% of the general population suffer some form of anxiety.

This can range from mild to acute, and our office recognizes and plans for treating even the most extreme form of dental anxiety, offering sedation dentistry when appropriate.

Help for every patient

Starting with something as simple and low tech as breathing exercises.  This can be a calming influence used by all, and our gentle and caring staff are well trained in all aspects of relaxation.

We have also outfitted our office with high tech help including installing ceiling monitors where you can watch the latest Netflix movie, television episode, or simply access your online accounts.  Soothing background music is also helpful in creating a calming and relaxing atmosphere.

Sedation methods

Some patients require actual intervention, such as nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas).  This is referred to as conscious sedation, relaxing you to the point where you can assist in your treatment but recall little of it afterward.

If you are dreading a visit to the dentist, you might be a candidate for this service.

Administered by a knowledgeable technician, you are carefully monitored for the maximum in relaxation while ensuring the utmost safety.

For those who are truly fearful, we offer deep sedation anesthesia where you can peacefully sleep through your procedure.

A sedation solution that works for you

We help you choose which sedation method you are most comfortable with. Utmost in your mind must be the concern over whether the various forms of dental sedation are safe, and we cover this fully with you.

Sedation dentistry is both safe and effective when properly administered, and Dr. Carley is certified by the California Dental Board in Oral Conscious Sedation. His years of experience allows him to safely administer all forms of dental sedation safely, including the use of both oral and intravenous sedatives for dental treatments.

As always, we will fully explain what your options are, any risks associated with them, and determine if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry.  Our examination is thorough and will analyze any special concerns or risks you might face.

Your health and peace of mind is among our top concerns

Regardless of whether you have had a prior negative experience at the hands of another dentist, have a genuine fear of needles or shots, or possess sensitive teeth, we will work with you to find the perfect solution.  We will also work with you if your desire is to  complete all of your treatments in one visit, or you chose to calmly sleep thru your dental procedures. We promise to listen and help assist you in making a fully informed decision that is best for you.

Putting off dental procedures can lead to serious consequences, and we want to get you the early help necessary so that you can enjoy healthy gums and teeth for the entire span of your life.

Serving the Hood River area, a simple call or e-mail to Dr. Carley’s Mountain and River Dental Practice can start you on the journey to good dental health today.

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