Sedation Dentistry

We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe,  and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have a fear or anxiety of being at the dentist. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple teeth cleaning. How it's used depends on the severity of your anxiety. 

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows your dentist to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including no fear or anxiety during treatment.

Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will  tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

 Sedation dentistry is closely regulated. We offer mild sedation at our practice:

  • Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of  sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with anxiety,  longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a  great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of mild sedation that results in relaxation during treatment.

How are sedatives administered?

Inhalation — Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the  most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately. This is the only form of sedation where you  may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. 

Oral — An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. You will be given a prescription pill which, taken about an  hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you begin your treatment.

Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method may be right for you.