What is Sedation Dentistry?

Picture yourself sleeping through an intricate dental surgery, extraction or root canal. After sedation dentistry, you wake up with little to no memory of the treatment. You have none of the discomfort, noise or pain that you may have anticipated. Instead, your dental treatment is a comfortable, secure and virtually painless experience.  

Sedation dentistry frees patients from dental anxiety, allowing them to receive treatment safely and comfortably. Benefits include:

  • No memory of the procedure
  • No sense of smell, sound or time while under sedation
  • No fear or anxiety during treatment

Patients who benefit most from dental sedation are those who have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics


Should I be nervous about Sedation?

You need not worry about receiving sedation at A to Zzz Dental.  The State of Washington has strict training and licensure requirements for sedation dentistry.  Dr. Malouf spent a full year training in a hospital environment for these procedures.  He is one of the relatively few dentists in Washington specially licensed and trained to perform IV sedation dentistry.

What Types of Sedation are Available?

Depending on your specific needs, we can provide several different sedation options. These include:

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation works well as a mild sedative for patients with anxiety undergoing long or complex procedures. Typically, this type of sedation is given orally in the form of a pill dispensed by your dentist. You should plan to be accompanied by a parent, friend or spouse, as driving is unsafe for several hours following sedation.

IV Conscious Sedation

IV conscious sedation is our strongest sedation option and works well for extremely anxious patients undergoing lengthy or complex treatment. This type of sedation will put you into a state of deep relaxation, allowing you to remain comfortable and anxiety-free during your procedure. When you receive conscious sedation, we require that a parent, friend or spouse be present during your appointment. Driving is unsafe for several hours after your procedure.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is the mildest type of dental sedation and works well for patients with light anxiety undergoing very simple procedures. Typically, this type of sedation is inhaled as Nitrous oxide. Mild sedation allows you to breath on your own and remain very drowsy for the duration of the procedure. You will likely return to normal shortly after your procedure and will not need a driver to accompany you to your appointment.