At Lowell Street Dental Implant & Surgical Center, Dr. Wilde’s priority is to provide you with the highest possible care while ensuring you’re as comfortable as possible. If you often get anxious before an appointment, we provide several types of sedation techniques to ensure you feel relaxed during your procedure.

Dr. Wilde will take into account your dental treatment and smile goals to determine which technique best fits your personal needs and goals. No matter the source of anxiety, Silverdale dentist Greggory Wilde, DDS PS has an array of options to help alleviate your anxiety to provide you with a painless visit.


Sedation dentistry is used to ensure patients won’t feel any pain during their treatment as well as calm any nerves they may experience. With your comfort in mind, Dr. Wilde will determine what level of sedation your case requires.

Our dental team offers the following sedation services:

Oral Sedation

For patients who are only a little anxious about their planned procedure, Dr. Wilde may prescribe an oral sedative (similar to Xanax or Valium), taken one hour prior to the procedure. This medication will relax you and place you in a calm state for the duration of your appointment. You won’t be asleep and will remain awake throughout the procedure, in a heightened state of relaxation. However, most patients don’t remember the procedure. This can make long appointments feel like they only took a couple of minutes.

A local anesthetic is still administered to ensure you feel no pain. Some patients may become comfortable enough to drift into sleep, but are easily aroused by a gentle touch or asking them a question. As with most sedation options, patients aren’t allowed to drive themselves home after the procedure if oral sedation is taken.

IV Sedation

For patients with moderate to severe anxiety, IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is administered. This allows the patient to receive them continuously, resulting in a consistent state of sedation. This also makes them a more effective option. Before, during, and after the treatment, Dr. Wilde will monitor the patient’s heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. If necessary, the level of medication can be adjusted during your treatment so that you remain in a comfortable state throughout the duration of your procedure. A local anesthetic is still administered to ensure you feel no pain.

Patients who receive IV sedation aren’t allowed to leave the dental office alone. The effects of sedation dentistry may last for several hours and you may be groggy most of the day. Most patients experience no memory or discomfort from the dental procedure. For example, most patients having conscious sedation think they have been asleep because they cannot remember the procedure. This is an excellent way to avoid dental anxiety and aid the patient in experiencing a profound state of relaxation.

General Sedation

For patients who have severe dental anxiety or are undergoing a particular procedure, Dr. Wilde provides general anesthesia. Just like in a hospital operating room, general anesthesia is only performed by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist will put you to sleep and a breathing tube is utilized to maintain adequate oxygen concentrations.

The anesthesiologist is present throughout the procedure, monitoring your health, and ensuring the highest level of safety. Patients who receive general sedation aren’t allowed to leave the dental office alone, as the effects of general sedation last for several hours, leaving patients groggy for the remainder of the day.


Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe. Dr. Wilde has specialized advanced training, is certified by the State of Washington, and holds an additional license in IV sedation dentistry. IV sedation dentistry, under the observation of a qualified and experienced dentist, is one of the most effective ways for patients to get the best results and is very safe.

Furthermore, we also have a board-certified anesthesiologist present throughout the procedure. They’ll monitor your health and make sure your vital signs are stable. No matter what type of sedation you choose, you’ll always be monitored by the doctor and staff and never be alone.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

People who experience any of the following can benefit from sedation dentistry:

  • Mild to severe dental fear
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Resistance to local anesthetic
  • Difficulty in sitting in a dental chair for long periods
  • Certain medical conditions or disabilities
  • Fear or embarrassment of their oral health condition

Who isn’t a candidate for sedation dentistry?

There’s a chance you may not qualify for sedation dentistry or may need to receive clearance from your primary care provider before receiving sedation. You may not qualify for sedation if you have one of the following:

  • Allergic to medications used for sedation
  • Pregnancy
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Taking certain medications


With sedation dentistry, your Silverdale dentist will make sure your dental experience is pain-free and anxiety-free. We want our patients to feel safe and comfortable at all times during their visit with us. Call our office today at (360) 692-0300 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wilde.

You can also fill out our online contact form and one of the members will get back to you promptly. Our office is located in Silverdale, WA and we provide services in Kitsap County such as Keyport, Bremerton, and Poulsbo, WA. We look forward to helping you feel comfortable during your next dental visit!