Sedation Dentistry

Sedated Dentistry in Mill Creek WA

Dental phobia is a common fear preventing many individuals from having dental care performed for good oral health. To assist in overcoming this fear and help get the dental treatment needed, Family Dental Care of Mill Creek offers sedation dentistry for some of our treatments when needed.

While many patients experience nervousness at the thought of going to the dentist, others are gripped by an overwhelming fear and extreme panic that they cannot bring themselves to even enter into a dental office. For others the sight of a white coat may trigger a fearful response and for others, it is the pain, blood, needles, etc. related with dental procedures that terrify them.

Numerous patients in Mill Creek may put off root canals, teeth cleanings, and other necessary dental work for months, or even years, as a result of this phobia. In some cases, their fears root from concerns that the procedure will be long and painful. For others, however, the phobia is an unknown fear.

At Family Dental Care of Mill Creek, we understand this fear and strive to do everything in our power to make each visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry is one of our most common solutions.

Sedation Dentistry Advantages

In order to help all patients get the treatment they require, our Mill Creek office is able to provide essential dental sedation. Our sedation dentist, Dr. Szerszen gives patients a dose of anti-anxiety medication prior to treatment and may use nitrous oxide gas during the procedure. Please note that any sedation treatment will need to be discussed, planned, and prepared prior to the actual treatment appointment.

If you’ve been putting off going to the dentist, here are a few reasons to consider our dental sedation treatment:

  • As a patient, you’ll be more relaxed and cooperative during the procedure.
  • You’ll need to make fewer appointments, decreasing the amount of time required per procedure.
  • Your procedure will be less painful (or even pain-free) and more comfortable.
  • After having several dental treatments under sedation, your fear or anxiety regarding dental work may decrease or even disappear.


We do everything possible to make our patients feel completely at ease while they undergo sedation for dental work at our office in Mill Creek WA. Your well-being and comfort is always our top priority at Family Dental Care of Mill Creek. We also want our sedation patients to know that during the time they are sedated, vitals are monitored and patients are never left alone while under sedation.

Sedation options range from nitrous oxide, nitrous plus (oral conscious sedation), and deep sedation with the assistance of an experienced anesthesiologist.

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation in Mill Creek, WA

Nitrous oxide has been used as a dental anesthetic for over 100 years and continues to be used because of its effectiveness in producing temporary euphoria in patients needing dental procedures. Patients simply inhale a small amount of colorless, slightly sweet-smelling nitrous oxide a few minutes prior to beginning a dental treatment. By producing a pleasantly relaxed sensation combined with its pain-reducing properties, nitrous oxide gives patients a sense of soothing calmness during the procedure. The relaxing effects of nitrous oxide disappear within several hours, leaving patients with no unpleasant side effects.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is the other type of sedation for dental work available in Mill Creek, WA. Patients choosing oral sedation are given benzodiazepines that should be taken before visiting our office. Keep in mind, if you choose this sedation method, transportation must be arranged in advanced. Oral sedation dentistry is primarily used for patients who experience mild to moderate dental phobia rather than extreme anxiety.

Deep Sedation

Patients choosing to receive deep (IV) sedation are conscious but extremely relaxed during treatment. Although you will be able to respond to the dentist, you may not remember the details of your dental procedure. In addition, time will pass by rather quickly.

Deep IV sedation is performed by a dental anesthesiologist and is typically reserved for patients requiring extensive dental work, such as dental implants, multiple extractions and teeth modifications associated with dental crowns. However, for patients with severe dental phobia, it may be necessary to use deep sedation for simpler procedures.

When it comes to sedated dentistry in Mill Creek, residents know our dentist is successful at calming those with even the most severe dental phobias. By using safe, effective medications and techniques and creating a comfortable environment, our friendly and helpful dentist, Dr. Szerszen and staff are able to provide fearful patients with the dental work they need while being relaxed and pain free. The end result is a better smile and a healthier patient.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry, discuss this with our Mill Creek dentist at your next appointment to our family dental office.


16030 Bothell Everett Hwy, Suite 260 Mill Creek, WA 98012


(425) 745-9420