Often, people delay dental treatment because of a fear of needles or because the prospect of undergoing a long, complex procedure is unappealing. Randal Swanlund, D.D.S. offers sedation dentistry to patients in Tacoma, Puyallup, University Place, Seattle, and surrounding areas so that people who have previously avoided visiting the dentist can get functional dental implants stress-free. We use state-of-the-art technology to closely manage our patients' vital signs during every sedation dentistry procedure.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, sometimes called sleep dentistry, is a method of using sedatives to calm a patient and reduce his or her awareness during an oral procedure. Using sedation dentistry at our practice serving Tacoma, Puyallup, University Place, Seattle, and the entire region, Dr. Swanlund is able to perform oral surgeries associated with dental implant restoration, as well as dental implant placement surgery, while patients rest in a deeply relaxed state. We offer both nitrous oxide and conscious sedation for the comfort of all patients. Conducted in the familiar environment of Dr. Swanlund's office, sedation dentistry is a safe, effective way to make patients as comfortable as possible during their oral surgery.
Sedation Dentistry Candidates
People who suffer from dental anxiety, individuals who would rather not remember their oral surgery, and people who have difficulty sitting still for prolonged periods are good candidates for sedation dentistry. Those living in Tacoma, Puyallup, University Place, Seattle, and surrounding areas are encouraged to contact Dr. Swanlund to learn more about dental implant surgery with sedation dentistry.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatments
Persistent snoring can not only be disturbing for your partner, but it may also signal a serious health risk to you. Snoring occurs when a person's muscles relax in his or her sleep, causing the airway to constrict and making the uvula vibrate. This vibration results in the sounds associated with snoring.
Approximately 30 percent to 50 percent of asymptomatic snorers have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition in which a person stops breathing repeatedly throughout the night, for periods of 10 seconds or longer. The disorder can cause chronic sleepiness, strokes, depression, high blood pressure, and other medical problems. Dr. Swanlund offers nonsurgical treatment for snoring and sleep apnea to reduce the annoyance of snoring and its related health risks.
The majority of snorers can be treated with an oral snoring prevention device such as the Silent Nite®. This custom device, worn overnight, holds the lower jaw in a forward position to increase space in the airway and allow for clear breathing without snoring. The Silent Nite® device is comfortable and does not interfere with breathing through the mouth. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Randal Swanlund today and take your first step toward a more restful night's sleep.
Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP®)
Similar to other oral anti-snoring devices, the TAP® works by holding the lower jaw forward to allow for a clear airway passage that alleviates snoring. A custom-designed device that looks like an athletic mouth guard, the TAP® is unique because it allows the patient to adjust the degree to which the jaw is pulled forward, helping ensure a comfortable fit. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Randal Swanlund to find out if the TAP® is right for you.
Contact Dr. Swanlund for More Information
If you are considering dental implants or another type of oral surgery, but the prospect of undergoing the procedure has kept you from making an appointment, contact South Sound Dental Implant Centre to find out more about sedation dentistry. Serving patients throughout Tacoma, Puyallup, University Place, Seattle, and beyond, Dr. Swanlund is dedicated to providing premier patient care in a comfortable, calm environment.