Sedation Dentistry

A Solution for Dental Anxiety Dental anxiety can be a significant barrier to receiving necessary dental care. It's common for patients to experience fear or anxiety when visiting the dentist, and past negative experiences can exacerbate these feelings. To address this concern, we offer sedation dentistry, which is designed to help patients of all ages who have varying levels of dental anxiety, from mild nervousness to extreme phobias. Our goal is to ensure that your comfort at the dentist is a top priority, allowing you to maintain your oral health with confidence.

There are three main forms of conscious sedation commonly utilized by dentists: nitrous oxide gas, oral (pill) sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation.

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What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Do you find it challenging to go to the dentist? Does the thought of sitting in a dental chair fill you with dread? Have previous traumatic experiences led to avoidance of dental appointments? You're not alone. Millions of people worldwide share the same fear of dental work. The good news is that we can provide solutions.

At our practice, we understand that your comfort during dental visits is vital for maintaining your oral health. We offer sedation dentistry, which can benefit patients with varying degrees of dental anxiety.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide Nitrous oxide, commonly known as "laughing gas," is one of the mildest forms of sedation. It is administered to patients through a small mask that covers the nose. Nitrous oxide takes effect quickly, and the dentist can precisely control the gas concentration based on your needs. One significant advantage of nitrous oxide is its short recovery time. You will return to normal within a few minutes after the gas is turned off, enabling you to drive home after your appointment. Side effects, such as nausea, headaches, or dizziness, are rare.

Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation Oral sedation involves taking an anti-anxiety pill about an hour before your scheduled treatment. This method is suitable for patients seeking a sedation option that does not require extensive in-office monitoring or equipment. Unlike nitrous oxide, oral sedation may leave you feeling groggy, tired, and uncoordinated after your appointment. As a result, you will need someone to drive you home.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Intravenous (IV) Sedation Intravenous (IV) sedation is the most potent form of conscious sedation. It employs the same medication used in oral sedation, but it is administered through a needle directly into your bloodstream. As a result, the medication takes effect more rapidly and with greater intensity. IV sedation allows the dentist to fine-tune the dosage to prevent excessive sedation. Patients recover more quickly from IV sedation compared to oral sedation, but they still require someone to drive them home.


Prior to receiving any form of sedation, you must take several preparatory steps. First, you will consult with us to determine if you are a suitable candidate for sedation. Dental sedation may exacerbate certain medical conditions, such as heart, lung, or liver dysfunction. Pregnant or nursing women should not undergo sedation, as it may pose risks to both their health and the development of their child. Discuss your diagnoses and potential sedation risks with our team or your primary care physician.

Furthermore, you should provide us with a list of your regular prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and dietary supplements. Some of these substances may interact negatively or harmfully with dental sedatives.

In terms of pre-appointment preparation, it's essential to abstain from consuming non-clear liquids for at least six hours before your visit. If you are undergoing oral or IV sedation, arrange for someone to transport you to and from our office. Keep your schedule clear for the remainder of the day, avoid driving, strenuous physical activity, or operating heavy machinery until the following day.

Don't let dental fear hinder you from achieving the beautiful smile you deserve. Contact us today to determine which sedation option is right for you.