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Tukwila Sedation Dentist

Get Painfree, Stressfree Dental Care with Our Sedation Dentistry Options

Did you know 30% of the population avoids the dentist due to fear? Sedation dentistry is an entirely new way to experience the dentist. If you feel anxious about just the thought of scheduling an appointment at the dentist, you aren’t alone. Every year millions of Americans neglect their teeth and put off needed work simply because of their fear of pain.

Now there’s a solution – conscious sedation dentistry. The proven sedation dentistry methods offered by Smiles@Southcenter, mean you can relax through their dental experience often with little or no memory of the visit. It’s true pain-free dentistry.

Our team includes a certified sedation dentist, Dr. Tim Miller, so we provide IV sedation that fits your schedule, rather than only offering it a few times each month.

Get Comfortable with Sedation Dentistry

Unlike many dental offices, which only offer IV sedation dentistry on select days each month, our team can offer IV sedation dentistry at any time because of the licensed sedation dentists we have on staff. In most cases, you can request sedation during your appointment and your dental insurance will cover the cost of the procedure.

Thanks to our experienced team, sedation dentistry methods at Smiles@Southcenter are proven to be effective at allowing patients to relax throughout their dental experience while staying conscious the entire time. Your vital signs will be monitored the entire visit to ensure you’re relaxed but awake. By the end of the treatment, you’ll feel as though just a few minutes have passed and may retain little to no specific memories of the procedure, making the entire visit a truly pain-free dental experience.

IV Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Our team is also happy to offer a new way to experience the dentist: IV conscious sedation dentistry. This safe way to complete almost any dental treatment is beneficial to patients who have dental phobia as a solution to fear and discomfort. Our dental team uses IV conscious sedation almost daily to ease patients into a state of complete relaxation.

What We Need to Know Before You Get Sedation

Most people are good candidates for dental sedation, but it’s still important for us to know your medical history before administering it. We need to know the following information prior to administering sedation:

If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or might be pregnant. If you’ve had a previous reaction to a sedative medication or have any allergies. The names and dosages of all medications you’re taking including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Any medical conditions, especially any that might affect your breathing


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Who Should Use Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry with an IV is appropriate for many patients with varied medical histories because the patient remains conscious throughout the procedure (unlike general anesthesia used for other major surgical procedures). Our team uses sedation for patients who visit us with:

  • A fear of needles, drills, or other instruments
  • Past traumatic experiences at another dentist’s office
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Allergies to other numbing agents or difficulty becoming numb before treatment
  • Discomfort or anxiety associated with the smells, noises, and tastes that accompany dental work
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • A need for multiple treatments in a single visit

Using a safe, simple IV drip for sedation, our patients can forget all these reasons for nerves or pain and pass the time quickly, even if they visit us for complex restorative dental work that requires a few hours to complete. Alleviating pain and fear is that simple, and our team will be happy to answer your questions and address concerns over the phone or during your exam before you choose sedation dentistry.

Why Choose Smiles@Southcenter for Sedation Dentistry

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Our goal is to make great oral health achievable for the entire family, and that process begins with your very first visit. It is also one of the reasons we offer our patients sedation dentistry to make your dental experience anxiety-free and pain-free.

Schedule your dental appointment with our team to find out why we’re not your average dental office. 

What are the Benefits of IV Conscious Sedation?

  • Rapid Onset: Sedation effects begin quickly since the medication is administered directly into the bloodstream.
  • Adjustable Levels of Sedation: The sedation level can be easily adjusted during the procedure to ensure maximum comfort.
  • Reduced Anxiety: Helps patients with dental anxiety feel calm and relaxed.
  • Minimal Memory: Patients often have little or no memory of the procedure, reducing post-treatment anxiety.
  • Pain Management: Effectively manages pain and discomfort during dental procedures.
  • Gag Reflex Control: Suppresses the gag reflex, making dental work easier for both the patient and the dentist.
  • Extended Procedures: Allows for longer dental procedures to be completed in a single visit, reducing the number of appointments needed.
  • Improved Cooperation: Patients are more relaxed and cooperative, facilitating smoother dental treatments.
  • Customized Sedation: Dosage can be tailored to individual needs and adjusted in real-time.
  • Patient Safety: Continuous monitoring of vital signs ensures patient safety throughout the procedure.
  • Amnesia Effect: Reduces the psychological trauma associated with dental procedures by inducing temporary amnesia.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Provides a more pleasant overall experience, especially for those with a low pain threshold.

These advantages make IV conscious sedation an excellent option for patients who need extra support during their dental visits.

Is IV Conscious Sedation safe?

Yes, IV conscious sedation is safe when administered by our certified and trained professionals. Our dental team includes certified sedation dentists who monitor vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels throughout the procedure to ensure patient safety.

What should I expect during my appointment?

Before the procedure, you’ll have a consultation to review your medical history and discuss any concerns. On the day of the appointment:

  • A small needle will be placed in a vein, usually in your arm or hand.
  • The sedative will be administered, and you’ll begin to feel relaxed and drowsy.
  • Throughout the procedure, you’ll be awake and able to respond to instructions but will likely have little to no memory of the experience afterward.
  • After the procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you home as the effects of the sedation can last for several hours.
How long does the sedation last?

The effects of IV sedation can last from 2 to 6 hours, depending on the medication used and the individual’s response. It’s important to plan for a recovery period and have someone available to assist you after the procedure.

Can I eat or drink before my appointment?

You should not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before your appointment. This helps to prevent complications such as nausea and vomiting during the procedure.

Change the Way You Feel About a Trip to the Dentist

At Smiles@Southcenter, we fully understand that you may be nervous to visit us, and we do everything we can to create a welcoming and relaxing experience.

Relaxation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for patients. It enables patients too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need and want. It’s as easy as taking a single pill.

No pain. No fear. Just one beautiful smile!

Get the dental work you need while in the comfort and care of our professional, understanding, and attentive dental team. Call us today at 206-575-9150 to learn more about our sedation options and schedule your appointment at our Tukwila dental practice.

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Smiles @ Southcenter


15425 53rd Ave S
Tukwila, WA 98188

Hours of Operation

Monday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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