Sedation Dentistry

Man sleeping during xrays, using sedation therapy to relieve anxietyDon’t let dental anxiety stop you from taking care of your smile! At our Kirkland office, we don’t want anything to come between you and the best dental care possible; that’s why we offer two distinct levels of dental sedation for our patients.

Laughter Is The Best Medicine…

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, has been used in dentistry for over 100 years. Administered through a soft mask placed over your nose, the gaseous mixture takes the edge off and may give you a somewhat euphoric feeling, but it does not control pain. You will still need to have anesthetic injections for certain procedures. However, once your procedure is finished, you will begin to feel normal again within a few minutes. You’ll be able to drive yourself home and continue about your day.

“Knock Me Out Please!”

For some patients, even the thought of being awake in the dentist’s chair is too much. For other patients, nitrous reacts with their body chemistry to make them more nervous than they were initially. Dr. Theron Manson offers another solution to help make your dental appointments easier: light conscious oral sedation via Halcion. This prescription sedative will be given to you about an hour before your treatment starts. It will leave you calm and relaxed, but you will still be able to hear and respond to the dentist. In some cases, after the medication wears off, the patient does not even remember the treatment. Be aware that you’ll need to bring a buddy with you to your appointment since you will be unable to drive for 24 hours. 

Which Is Best For Me?

Nitrous is a great, thoroughly tested option if you have a short procedure and low levels of anxiety. You may be able to use it only during the injection stage or for a limited time at the beginning of the procedure. On the other hand, if you have certain health conditions or are extremely nervous about your visit, Halcion may be a better option for you. Light conscious sedation works well for longer, more involved procedures since it lasts a few hours before wearing off.  Dr. Manson can work with you regardless of which option you choose, however, due to regulations, you can only use one at a time, and not in conjunction with each other.

Don’t let anxiety make you put off your dental care. Call Manson Dentistry today to find out how we can help you.

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On March 19, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions on non-urgent medical and dental procedures so the state can make sure Washington health care workers have enough protective equipment to wear as they work the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The order applies to any non-urgent procedure that requires medical and dental professionals to wear personal protective equipment (i.e. gloves, masks, gowns, etc). From now until May 18, 2020, all dental offices in Washington State must limit care to emergency treatment only, including our practice. 

Please note that effective March 23rd, all appointments between now and May 18th will need to be rescheduled. Please wait for our team to reach out to reschedule your appointment. We will have limited staff working at various intervals to handle any questions you may have, as well as take care of your emergency dental needs. Please feel free to leave a voicemail for our office and we will return your call at our first availability. Please be patient with us as we work to return the many questions coming our way. 

While this mandated closure is out of our control, we will continue to control what we can: to smile, stay positive and share kindness as we head into unknown territory. We are confident that the good fortune we have had to deliver outstanding dental care, will once again return and we are looking forward to that day. Until then, stay well.

  • Dr. Theron, Dr. Connie, Dr. Souquet and the Manson Dentistry Team