Your Comfort and Sedation

Dentist explaining your options at Spring Creek Family Dentistry in Milwaukie, ORAt Spring Creek Family Dentistry, the comfort of your dental experience is important to us. That is why we offer soothing relaxation methods as well as oral sedation.

We are very experienced at working with patients who are anxious or nervous about dental appointments. In some cases, these phobias can even prevent a person from receiving the dental care they need to maintain proper oral health. At Spring Creek Family Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry to create a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for our patients.

You, too, may qualify for sedation dentistry, especially if your anxiety dictates the frequency of your visits. During your next appointment, ask us about your sedation options. Karen Weliky, DMD and the rest of our team have received extensive training for the safe and effective use of several types of sedation.

Levels of Sedation

There are four major levels of sedation:
•  Minimal Sedation: Awake but in a more relaxed state
•  Moderate Sedation: Affects your motor skills and memory of the procedure
•  Deep Sedation: A “twilight” state on the edge of consciousness
•  General Anesthesia: Completely unconscious

The level of sedation you receive depends on the medication we use, and the severity of your anxiety. Patients with significant anxiety may need to be placed in a deeper level of sedation. Regardless of the sedation you receive, most medications are used in conjunction with a local anesthetic. A local anesthetic numbs your mouth to reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort.

Woman taking mediation for oral sedation

Oral Sedation

Oral, or enteral sedation is also extremely common in dentistry. This type of sedation typically comes in the form of a pill or liquid. Medications like Halcion or Valium may be the best way to achieve minimal to moderate levels of relaxation. The medication typically makes you drowsy or groggy, but still alert enough to answer questions and understand your surroundings.

Our goal is to listen to our patients and respond to their needs. Patient communication is also important. We take the time to make sure you are comfortable with your understanding of a procedure as well as any post procedural instructions.

In order to make your experience as pleasant as possible we offer our patients the following comforts and services:

•  Headphones and Music
•  Relaxation Techniques
•  Comfort Pillows & Blankets
•  Lip Balm
•  Intraoral camera
•  Sedative medications
•  Pain management
•  Pre and post procedural communication
•  Procedural explanations at your pace

Schedule Your Appointment

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and how we can make your appointment stress free, call 503-659-9658, and schedule your appointment today!

We Love to Hear From You!

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My family has been seeing Dr. Karen Weliky and her friendly staff at Springcreek Family Dentistry for nearly 20 years. She is professional, knowledgeable, and kind. Dr. Weliky and her team take the stress out of going to the dentist. I highly recommended Springcreek Family Dentistry!
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