Sedation Dentistry

Welcome to AJK Family Dentistry, where we work hard to provide our patients with high-quality general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry in Bellevue, WA.

We keep our atmosphere secure, professional, and inviting by using modern dental equipment and technology to provide our patients with accurate and conservative dentistry. 

Even with all our measures in place to keep patients safe and comfortable, we understand that people may still experience dental anxiety. We appreciate that for many people, dental visits can be scary and stressful.

We ask our patients to let our friendly dental team know if you feel anxious about dental treatments. Dental anxiety can sometimes stem from a bad experience when they were younger. Regardless of the reason, it can prevent patients from seeking the oral health treatment they need. 

Skipping your routine visits to your Bellevue dentist can have a negative impact on your teeth and gums, which is why we do our part to make visiting us a breeze. At AJK Family Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry to allow our patients to settle their nerves and feel at peace. Our jobs are much easier when patients aren’t nervous or anxious! 

Are you interested in learning about sedation dentistry in Bellevue? Please continue reading the information below or call our dental staff at (425) 865-8128.

We Relieve Your Dental Anxiety

Fear of the dentist is a common phobia despite dentists wanting to keep you healthy and protect you from painful situations. 

Even just one bad experience can be enough to keep people from entering another dental office. When dental anxiety keeps you from keeping your dental appointments, it creates the very situation that patients fear: dental emergencies.

Dental check-ups and exams allow Dr. Kennedy to take digital x-rays, look for cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, infection, or screen for oral cancer. 

Many oral health issues don’t display symptoms, so patients might be completely unaware that a potential dental emergency is brewing. Without treating dental problems, you run the risk of waking up with a throbbing toothache and the need for a root canal. 

By that time, you may need a significant amount of treatment—which can create a traumatic situation all over again. This can create a cycle of avoiding the dentist until it’s too late. By practicing preventive dentistry, you can prevent dental pain and the trauma of a dental emergency. 

At AJK Family Dentistry, we understand that by offering sedation dentistry in Bellevue, we allow patients who typically avoid the dentist to keep their dental appointments without any stress. 

We offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation as the perfect solutions to help patients cope with their fear of the dentist. 

Nitrous Oxide

You may know it as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a safe odorless and colorless gas that Dr. Kennedy administers via a small nose mask.

Patients won’t fall asleep during the procedure, but they will enter a dreamy state. They will still be able to respond to Dr. Kennedy, and they will feel completely relaxed. The effects fade almost immediately once the treatment is over. Patients will be able to drive themselves home. 

Laughing gas is safe for every member of your family, even children. 

Oral Sedation

Another form of sedation dentistry we offer is oral sedation, which comes in the form of a pill that you take right before coming to your dental appointment. Dr. Kennedy will prescribe the medication. We ask that a driver is present to drive you home since the pill may make you groggy, and it could be dangerous to operate a vehicle.

Oral sedation is a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide. Patients will feel very relaxed and may even fall asleep during the dental procedure. 

Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning and Exam in Bellevue, WA

You don’t need to worry about basic dental cleanings or even root canals! We are here to help you stop fearing the dentist through sedation dentistry. At AJK Family Dentistry, we help patients get the oral treatments they need without fear or pain. 

Are you ready to start loving your positive dental experiences and stop living in fear? Contact our 98007 dental office today.