Category Archives: Sedation Dentistry

  • Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

    Affordable Boise Dentistry Sedation When I discuss sedation dentistry with new patients, I encounter many misconceptions. The purpose of today’s dentistry article is to de-bunk some of the most common myths about dental sedation.

    Myth #1: With Sedation Dentistry, You Are Completely Unconscious

    Some nervous dental patients are not only afraid of receiving treatment; they also fear the thought of not being in control. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we offer different levels of sedation, but none of the sedation options put you completely to sleep. With oral sedation you are relaxed but not totally knocked out. When we need to ask a dental sedation patient a question during the treatment, the patient is able to hear, understand, and respond.

    Myth #2: Dental Sedation Should Only Be Used For Extensive Dental Treatment

    Anxiety-free dentistry is completely safe. Many nervous sedation dentistry patients request sedation for routine exams and procedures.

    Myth #3: Most Dental Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Sleep Dentistry

    Some Idaho dental insurers do cover sedation. Check with your insurer for details about your Idaho dental insurance benefits.

    Myth #4: Sleep Dentistry Is Still Experimental

    Cosmetic dentists have been safely providing sedation for many years. Blaisdell Family Dentistry meets all the requirements advised by the American Dental Association. Millions of Americans and thousands of Idaho dental patients have safely received sedation for dental treatment.

    For more information about anxiety-free dentistry, contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry at or 208-922-6902 today to schedule a sedation consultation.

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    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho

  • Afraid Of The Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help

    Afraid of the Dentist? Your Boise Sedation Dentist Can Help If you live near Boise and experience severe anxiety when undergoing (or even thinking about!) dental treatment, oral sedation is for you.

    Conscious sedation dentistry is available in Boise. Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, oral conscious sedation, sleep dentistry, or anxiety-free dentistry, it is completely safe and very popular for nervous cosmetic and restorative dental patients in the Boise area.

    Though it may sound impossible, with oral conscious sedation, Boise dentistry patients can actually relax during dental visits. In addition, healing times for oral surgery and extensive cosmetic dentistry procedures are often shorter if the patient is sedated during treatment.

    Sedation dentistry is great for alleviating anxiety for Boise patients, and oral conscious sedation can be effective for treating or working with the following:

    • Teeth sensitivity;
    • Fear of needles;
    • A powerful gag reflex;
    • Difficulty controlling body movement;
    • Lengthy multi-procedure visits;
    • Difficulty becoming numb with traditional injections.

    If you need dental work more extensive than a filling – such as a root canal, a dental implant, crown replacement or wisdom tooth extraction –  call Blaisdell Family Dentistry at 208-922-6902 for information about sedation dentistry.

  • Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable In Boise

    Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable in Boise

    Nobody enjoys pain. Your Boise dentist knows this, and that is why the friendly dental team at Blaisdell Family Dentistry have made patient comfort a top priority. In conjunction with creating a relaxing environment, your dentist has various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.

    Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in Boise dentist offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can reduce the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.

    Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to specific areas of the mouth. Nampa, Meridian, and Sun Valley dentists typically numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or performing cosmetic dentistry procedures.

    More involved dental procedures may necessitate nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sleep dentistry and oral conscious sedation.

    Dentists generally recommend an OTC analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

    Because your Boise cosmetic dentist will most likely use a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the treatment, make sure you jot down a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.

    We’re Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell and we want Boise patients to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Boise area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at 208-922-6902. Our friendly staff would be happy to talk to you about porcelain veneers, prepless veneers, dentures, and the other services we offer.

    Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell
    Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise Idaho 83709

  • Help Me – I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

    Boise Sleep Dentistry If you are afraid of your Boise cosmetic dentist, you are not alone. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we encounter many nervous first-time Boise dental patients. How do we calm their fears, provide a comfortable dental environment and earn lifelong patients?

    1) We carefully explain the findings of the initial dental examination and thoroughly outline any recommended procedures. The consultation also includes a discussion about pain control including oral conscious sedation medications. This allows our Sun Valley dentistry patients to make informed decisions about their oral health and necessary dental procedures.

    2) Drs. Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell practices gentle, pain-free dentistry. Meridian cosmetic dentistry treatment will not begin until you are numb. Keep in mind, however, that every dentistry patient reacts to numbing agents and sedation medications differently.

    Speak up quickly if you start to feel discomfort. We will pause treatment, administer additional analgesic and wait until it takes effect. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we never rush cosmetic dental or restorative procedures.

    We will do our best to make you comfortable, whether you are receiving dental veneers, undergoing crown-lengthening treatment, having your teeth whitened, or replacing your old silver fillings.

    3) We provide many in-office amenities at Blaisdell Family Dentistry which help our dental patients focus on something pleasant during cosmetic dental treatment. Not every Nampa dental patient chooses sleep dentistry. Sometimes chemical-free diversions such as listening to your favorite music provide a distraction while letting you remain clear-headed.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we understand dental anxiety and will help you overcome it. We are located at 8877 W Hackamore Dr in Boise, 83709.

  • Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away

    Ignoring It Won't Make It Go Away

    Are you a busy Boise resident suffering with a toothache, but ignoring the pain? Have you started chewing on one side of your mouth to avoid your sensitive teeth? Have you stopped drinking hot and cold beverages to alleviate the discomfort? Dental pain is like an unpaid speeding ticket, ignoring it won’t make it go away.

    Many Idaho adults and children dread seeking relief from a dentist because they fear the treatment will hurt worse than the pain they are experiencing. Waiting too long to care for your teeth can cause serious health problems–and not just in your mouth.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we help you relax and ease any discomfort you may have. We create a pleasant dental experience for all of our Boise patients. If you have dental anxiety, Blaisdell Family Dentistry offers several solutions including sedation dentistry. We can also use anti-anxiety agents to quiet your fears and make your dental visit as safe and comfortable as possible.

    In addition to sedation dentistry, Blaisdell Family Dentistry offers cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and oral cancer screenings for Boise residents.

    Your smile can and should be your most attractive feature. Don’t let dental distress keep you from gaining and maintaining a dazzling smile. Let the professional and caring dental team at Blaisdell Family Dentistry help restore and preserve your oral health. Call today to schedule an appointment. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry we want your smile to last a lifetime.

    Lynn R. & Craig Blaisdell
    Blaisdell Family Dentistry
    8877 W Hackamore Dr
    Boise, Idaho 83709

  • Sleep Dentistry At Blaisdell Family Dentistry

    Dental visits can be extremely stressful and for some Idaho residents, the fear and anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist prevents them from getting the care they need. At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise we provide the best oral sedation dentistry available. We will accommodate your needs with minimal, moderate, or deep sedation.

    Don’t let dental dread keep you from achieving a perfect smile.

    According to a national survey by the American Dental Association, Crest, and Oral B, the smile is the number one physical trait. Don’t let your smile go unnoticed.

    In addition to sedation dentistry, at Blaisdell Family Dentistry we offer our Boise clients a variety of procedures, including porcelain veneers, prepless veneers, teeth whitening, dentures, and family dentistry.

    At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, our professional staff will provide the best possible care for you and your family. Whether you need preventive care or cosmetic dentistry, the friendly team at Blaisdell Family Dentistry will give you something to smile about!

    For more information on oral sedation dentistry or any other dental procedure, contact us at 208-639-0489.

    We are located at 8877 W Hackamore Dr   Boise, Idaho 83709  Call today!

  • Sedation Dentistry In Boise

    Sedation Dentistry in Boise Many Boise dentistry patients have discovered the benefits of anxiety-free dentistry (sometimes called sleep dentistry). There are three main types of sedation options available in the Boise area.


    Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called ‘laughing gas‘ has been used in Nampa cosmetic dental offices for over a century, because, in many ways, it is an ideal sedative. It begins to work quickly, but then wears off as soon as the Meridian dental patient stops inhaling it. Breathing nitrous oxide can produce warm tingling sensations and a feeling of euphoria.

    Oral Conscious Sedation

    Oral sedatives take longer to work than nitrous, but produce a calmer state for many nervous Nampa dental patients. Triazolam and diazepam are common oral sedatives used in dentistry. These sedative medications are routinely prescribed by Boise physicians for anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms.

    Oral sedation is a good sedation choice for anxious patients who require a lengthy dental procedure. After the dental visit, it takes a while for the medication to wear off. A Sun Valley conscious sedation patient should not plan to drive home after undergoing oral sedation.

    IV Sedation

    Like nitrous, intra-venous sedation starts working immediately as the sedative enters the bloodstream. IV sedation usually produces the deepest state of relaxation. IV patients can dream away the entire procedure and wake up calm and relaxed.

    To schedule a sedation consultation, call Blaisdell Family Dentistry at 208-639-0489. We have the answer for your dental anxiety.