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Downriver Smiles Sedation Dentistry

Our pledge to you at Downriver Smiles is to provide quality dental care in a relaxed, comfortable setting. A major means of keeping that promise is by providing sedation dentistry to help members of our dental family relax while undergoing dental treatments. Whether you suffer from severe dental phobia or just need a bit of help to relax, Downriver Smiles has sedation dentistry options at our state-of-the-art dental center in Spokane, WA.

Sedation dentistry not only helps you to relax and/or be unaware of activity in your mouth during dental treatments, but it also assists our dentists and our dental team at Downriver Smiles by providing a stable, calm patient on which to work. This means less risk for errors or problems when providing you the absolute best oral care in Spokane.

Dr. Gaunt will always offer some form of aid to reduce or eliminate pain during any oral procedure, but often, our patients are nervous or apprehensive about the procedure even before it begins. Sedation dentistry bridges that gap by helping you relax before we begin, contributing to an overall pleasant and beneficial dental care experience.

Oral Conscious Sedation

As a trained and experienced dentist, Dr. Gaunt recommends the proper form of sedation dentistry only after learning about your health history, current condition and desires for treatment. One of the most popular forms of sedation for more extensive dental treatments is oral conscious sedation. This is a pill that Dr. Gaunt will prescribe before your treatment appointment.

You will take this medication before arriving at our dental clinic in Spokane for treatment. Obviously, you will need a responsible adult to drive you to and from your appointment. While you are not completely unconscious, you are in a semi-relaxed state and will likely remember nothing about your dental care treatments.

Nitrous Oxide

Perhaps the most popular form of sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide. Popularly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is breathed in through a mask just before your dental treatment. You become euphoric and relaxed, but also aware of your surroundings. Unlike oral conscious sedation, you completely regain your senses and awareness after the gas is cut off, after only a few breaths of fresh air. You are completely safe to drive yourself home.

This form of sedation is used for quick and light dental treatments, as it allows for fast sedation and quick recovery. It is also a great tool to help excited children or adults relax if they are nervous about having dental treatments.

Being nervous about obtaining dental care is nothing to be ashamed of, and we seek to meet all your needs for a pleasant dental experience at Downriver Smiles. Contact our dentist office today to schedule your appointment. Be sure to tell our team if you require some assistance to relax while undergoing dental treatment at our clinic in Spokane. We are happy to safely and compassionately accommodate your needs.


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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.


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