Full-Service Sedation Dentist
Sleep Dentist - Freedom from Fear & Discomfort

If fear has kept you from visiting the dentist, we have the solution. With sedation dentistry you can sleep while your work is being done.

Sleep dentistry is a non-IV sedation which helps the apprehensive patient go into an extremely relaxed conscious state. Many patients avoid going to the dentist for necessary dental treatment because of their extreme dental fear, so with sedation dentistry this can be overcome. The following are just a few reasons why patients have dental fear.

  • Fear of dentists/dental treatments
  • Fear or discomfort with noises and tastes associated with dental care
  • Fear of needles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Dental problems that may require longer treatment time in the dentist's chair

These are only a few of the reasons why individuals may be so uneasy about visiting the dentist and ultimately avoid seeking treatment. This is where a sedation dentist can help.

About Sedation Dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Conscious sedation dentistry involves taking a small pill called Triazolam about one hour before your appointment with Dr. Gunderson. You will already be feeling very sleepy by the time you arrive at our office, so you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You will not be completely asleep during your treatment, and you will be able to communicate with Dr. Gunderson at all times. Conscious sedation only mimics sleep by putting you in an intensely relaxed state. During your treatment, your vital signs will be constantly monitored.

What are the benefits of a Sleep Dentist?

Sedation dentistry allows you to comfortably take care of the dental treatment you need while you are in a "sleep-like" state. One of the greatest benefits is that the medicine has an amnesia quality which means most patients have no memory of the visit. This is why it is referred to as "sleep dentistry." There are almost no side effects or interactions with other medications. Most patients go home from there appointment and take it easy the rest of that day and are back to their normal routine by the next day.

Is a Sedation Dentist Safe?

Triazolam is prescribed over 10 million times per year, by physicians for at home use, so it is very safe. Dr. Gunderson and our highly trained team will constantly monitor each patient with a pulse oximeter, which monitors heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Dr. Gunderson has treated numerous patients with Triazolam safely. All of our patients who chose sleep dentistry absolutely love the whole experience. Feel free to call our office with any further questions you may have.