Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Brookside Dental

Dentist & Dental Clinic located in Nampa, ID

Fear and anxiety about getting dental work are incredibly common, and they might be stopping you from getting necessary dental work that's vital to your oral health. At Brookside Dental in Nampa, Idaho, Robbie Hamblin, DDS, and his team offer sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry to help you relax and avoid the pain of your procedure. To review your options for sedation dentistry and fearlessly get the work you need, call Brookside Dental or book an appointment online today.

Sedation Dentistry

What is sedation dentistry?

Fear, anxiety, and discomfort often deter patients from coming to the dentist for essential procedures. Since these deterrents can ultimately compromise your oral health, Dr. Hamblin finds it vital to offer his patients several types of sedation dentistry. 

Dr. Hamblin is board-certified and has over 20 years of experience making dental work a more comfortable experience for patients. He is Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified, so you can feel safe knowing that your sedation dentistry is in capable hands.

Different types of sedation help you cope with your fears surrounding a trip to the dentist. Some types of sedation allow you to stay conscious but feel much more relaxed and at ease, while others put you to sleep entirely. To some degree, being under sedation helps you feel less pain and discomfort. 

Before your procedure, Dr. Hamblin assesses your needs and considers the type of procedure you’re getting to select the appropriate type of sedation if it is necessary.

What dental procedures can involve sedation?

Dr. Hamblin can tell you whether or not you can get sedation for your upcoming procedure. It's typically an option for:

  • Implant placement
  • Wisdom teeth and other extractions
  • Dental injuries and emergencies
  • Bone grafting
  • Root canals

Sedation typically isn’t available for simple routine dental visits like exams, X-rays, and cleanings unless your anxieties surrounding dentistry are particularly extreme.

What types of sedation dentistry are available?

Dr. Hamblin offers several types of sedation to reduce your anxiety and discomfort during dental work. They include:

IV sedation

During IV sedation, you receive a mild sedative in liquid form through an IV drip immediately before your procedure. You’ll stay conscious but comfortable, and you might not remember your procedure at all.

Oral sedation

Dr. Hamblin offers oral sedatives in pill form that you must take shortly before your appointment to relieve anxiety. It isn’t quite as strong and effective as IV sedation, but it’s an excellent option for patients who fear needles.

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a breathable sedative that calms you and helps block pain signals. By the time your appointment is over, you’ll feel completely normal again and can go about your day as usual. 

If your anxiety keeps you from going to the dentist, call Brookside Dental, or book an appointment online to speak with Dr. Hamblin about your sedation dentistry options.