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In order to create a soothing environment for your child, we use only the safest and proven mild sedation methods during your visit. Our experienced staff is extensively trained to provide the best dental care for your child.



Our sedation process

Local Anesthetic

Local anesthesia  is used to temporarily ease or remove pain without affecting consciousness. We use this during most restorative procedures.  

Types of sedation medications:



Side effects

Ask our staff for information about possible side effects.


This medication controls nausea and treats anxiety

and tension.

We offer options for stress relief before and

during treatment.

This medication is used for a safe and secure

"conscious sedation."

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Local Anesthesia With Oral Sedation And Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen

Nitrous Oxide

A mild sedative inhaled through the nose. Choosing to use the Nitrous Oxide (N2O) in addition to the local anesthetic allows the child to remain calm and comfortable for extended periods of time. N2O is known for decreasing pain, sensitivity, and anxiety.

Oral Sedation

This is a safe sedative given in a liquid or tablet form, intended to make your child feel drowsy and more comfortable during his or her procedure.This approach is far more effective in addition to nitrous oxide. During this light sedation, a pulse oximeter is used to monitor the oxygen saturation and pulse. He or she will remain conscious during the sedation. On several occasions the child may fall asleep, but is easily awakend.

General Anesthesia

Anesthesia is an effective way for our Bellingham dental office to succesfully complete your child's treatment in one visit. The anesthesia can be administered at our office  by a trained pediatric anesthesiologist. All of the dental treatment will be provided by Dr. Galbraith and team.

Types of Sedation Medications

Hydroxyzine is the most commonly used form of antihistamine medication in our office. Hydroxyzine can be used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension. This may also be combined with other medications used in sedations. Hydroxyzine also helps control nausea and vomiting. Side effects include: dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth and headache.


Midazolam and Diazepam are two commonly used forms of sedative agents used in our office. These are used to relieve anxiety before and during dental appointments. This procedure is considered a "conscious sedation". Side effects include: Nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drowsiness.