Sedation Dentistry in Gig Harbor

Do you dream of a dental experience that’s anxiety-free? With sedation dentistry, our South Sound dentist can provide you with just that.

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Offering Sedation Dentistry Since 2005

Dr. Bloomquist has completed over 200 cases using sedation dentistry.

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We understand that many people have either extreme dental anxiety or simply need extensive work done on their smile. To make everything more convenient for you, we offer oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide to help you feel relaxed and at ease during your appointment. Don’t let your fears or worries stop you from achieving a healthy smile.

Sedation dentistry could be right for you if you:

  • Morning headaches
  • Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past.
  • Have neurological disorders that make holding still in a dental chair difficult.
  • Are extremely embarrassed about the condition of your teeth.
  • Need extensive dental work done, with little time to do it.
  • Have extremely sensitive teeth.
  • Have trouble getting numb by other methods.

How does
Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

Mild Medication

Before your appointment, you will take a mild medication in pill form. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

Awake & Aware

Unlike heavier forms of sedation, oral conscious sedation keeps you awake and able to interact with us as needed.

Completely At-Ease

Oral conscious sedation completely takes away anxiety and relaxes you. If you have dental fears, they will be at ease. If you need extensive work, you will be relaxed the whole time.

Kind Words
From a Gig Harbor Area Patient

“Best dentist office I have EVER been in. Started on time, absolutely no pain was felt on any procedure (a first for me because I’m such a baby), the staff were extremely professional and courteous. This office is a model for all other dental practices.”
– Kitsap County patient

Why do we offer Sedation Dentistry?

Dr. Bloomquist wants all of her patients to be able to receive the dental care they need and deserve. We have seen patients from all dental experiences. Whether you have extreme fear and anxiety, or need to have a large amount of dental work completed, sedation can help you stay relaxed and make your appointments faster and more pleasant.

Dr. Bloomquist stays up to date with certification requirements yearly and has since 2005. She has dedicated time to learning these technologies so she can provide you with the best care possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect with dental sedation?
Will I feel any pain during my procedure?
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
What can I expect with dental sedation?

When you receive oral conscious sedation from Dr. Bloomquist, you’ll feel completely relaxed while you remain awake and responsive during your treatment. We’ll provide you with an oral medication that you’ll take prior to your appointment.

Oral conscious sedation will calm your anxiety and allow our team to work efficiently and successfully on your smile. Generally, patients will feel a bit sleepy after their procedure, so a driver will be needed to take you home.

Will I feel any pain during my procedure?

Typically, patients don’t experience any pain during their dental procedures with sedation. When we provide you with a sedative and numbing agent, you’ll feel comfortable, relaxed, and senseless throughout your treatment.

If you do end up feeling pain, it’s likely to occur at the end of your procedure when the sedatives wear off or during your healing period. If necessary, Dr. Bloomquist can prescribe you with pain-relieving medication to help get you through your recovery.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is extremely safe here at our Soundbridge Center for Dental Arts. Dr. Bloomquist is an experienced dentist with sedation dentistry and has continued to stay current with certification requirements.

However, it is crucial to know that sedation dentistry might be a bit more complicated for obese people or obstructive sleep apnea sufferers. During your initial consultation, our team will discuss any potential complications of sedation and address corners you may have.

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

A good candidate for sedation dentistry is anyone who is afraid of the dentist and suffers from dental anxiety or phobia. If any of the following apply to you, then sedation dentistry will be a great option to help diminish these troubles:

  • Fear of needles or shots
  • Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
  • The smells, sounds, or noises of the dental office distress you
  • Have sensitive teeth or a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have trouble getting numb
  • Undergoing a more complex dental treatment

What are you
waiting for?

Dr. Bloomquist and our team are here to help you have a healthy smile!

Whether you’re in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, or anywhere in the South Sound area, we’re convenient to you!