All the treatments you need without the fear of anxiety or pain
Scared of the dentist? You’re not alone. Many patients experience dental anxiety, causing them to ignore oral health issues.
At Spokane Family Smiles, we’re proud to offer both IV and oral sedation to provide our patients with a comfortable experience throughout the treatment process. All of our sedation dentistry options are excellent ways to reduce anxiety and pain, allowing you to get the treatment you need in comfort.
How can oral and IV sedation dentistry help you?
- More convenient than general anesthesia
- Removes stress and anxiety from the treatment process
- Leads to an easier and more efficient treatment
Sedation options make dentistry more comfortable
“I’m extremely pleased to be one of the few Spokane Valley sedation dentists offering both in-office IV sedation and oral sedation. Providing a comfortable and supportive experience is a core tenant of our practice philosophy, and offering sedation dentistry is a critical aspect of creating this environment.”
Sedation dentistry options at Spokane Family Smiles
Taken as a pill, oral sedation is an excellent option for calming anxiety and reducing pain during treatment. Much like IV sedation, you will stay conscious but feel calm and drowsy during your appointment. Some patients might even fall asleep during treatment. Oral sedation is also a great option for those patients with a severe gag reflex.
IV sedation is calibrated to your exact treatment needs. IV sedation offers a quicker and deeper level of sedation compared to oral sedation. You will have little to no memory of the procedure. IV sedation also allows us to complete multiple treatments at once and results in less postoperative discomfort, leading to fewer appointments and a better experience. Specifically called IV moderate conscious sedation, it is considered less invasive, safer, and much more convenient than general anesthesia.
This was an outstanding experience and I could not have left happier. Excellent service. Would recommend them to friends, family, and anyone looking for a dentist.
The entire staff is wonderful. I was amazed at how comfortable they made me feel! I would highly recommend them to anyone, especially someone who is fearful of dental work.
Spokane Family Smiles is an excellent dental experience! The staff is so friendly and always remembers my name and family. Wouldn’t go anywhere else!
When it comes to making dreams come true with your teeth, they are the Walt Disney of Dentistry. Choosing Spokane Family Smiles will be the best decision you can make for your mouth.
Dr. Shumway is the best dentist I have been to in my 67 year old life. I feel very comfortable being in his care and I am deathly afraid of dentists.
More knowledgeable, helpful, and honest than any other dentist I’ve been to. I will be recommending Dr. Shumway at Spokane Family Smiles to anyone who asks.
Very grateful to have Dr. Shumway as my dentist. Friendly staff and a great experience every time.
I cracked an old filling and it was loose. Dr Shumway was able to get me in at the beginning of the next week. Employees are always friendly and helpful. I highly recommend them.
Dr. Shumway and his staff are fantastic! They really go the extra mile to make sure you are getting all your dental needs and to make sure you are comfortable.
You know you are part of the family from the first appointment. Dr. Shumway and his staff will continue to be the place for me and my family for the foreseeable future.
These guys are awesome! They took good care of me and made sure I was comfortable the whole time. I will be coming back!
By far the best dentist I have experienced. He makes sure you’re always comfortable and explains what he is doing every step of the way.
The whole staff is very nice. Dr. Shumway always makes sure you’re comfortable and is really good at explaining what he is doing.
Absolutely one of the best dentist offices I have been to. The appointment went smoothly and I was kept well informed of what was going on and if there were any issues.
Always a pleasure to visit. Very friendly, warm, and inviting. Very pleased with the dentist and the staff there. They keep me in tip top shape when it comes to my teeth.
I contacted Dr. Shumway on a Saturday and he returned my call personally. He offered to see me in one hour even though his offices were closed. This is ‘above and beyond’ patient care.
Common sedation dentistry questions
Will I feel any discomfort during oral or IV sedation?
While you will be conscious during treatment, you will not feel a thing. Afterwards, you may feel some level of discomfort, though it will likely be less than after other forms of sedation.
Can all dentists perform IV and oral sedation?
While most dentists can administer nitrous oxide, only dentists specifically trained and licensed in sedation dentistry can perform IV and oral sedation. Dr. Shumway is proud to be licensed and trained on all aspects of IV and oral sedation.
What treatments is sedation dentistry used for?
Both oral and IV sedation can be administered for any treatment, though it’s most commonly used in conjunction with advanced treatments such as root canals, dental implants, and wisdom tooth removal.
How long does oral sedation take to work?
You will begin to feel the effects of oral sedation around 45 minutes after consumption. We will not begin treatment until you are relaxed.
Smile Care Dental Savings Plan
A great option for those without dental insurance! Our dental savings plan is designed to help you and your family save significantly on preventive and restorative services.
Membership includes cleanings, exams, and routine x-rays, as well as significantly reduced fees for restorative and surgical procedures.
Benefits of membership run for 12 months.
No deductibles, waiting periods, annual maximums, or denial of claims.
We accept most insurance plans
Unsure if we accept your plan? Reach out to our team! We’ll help you determine coverage so you can make the right financial decision for your family. Please note that we do not accept Washington Apple Health.
For those without insurance, we offer several payment options, including CareCredit and our office savings program.