Sedation Dentistry

We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation during periodontal procedures. Patients who benefit from sedation have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry will allow us to provide the recommended surgical procedure safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation, including:

  • No memory of undergoing the procedure
  • No sense of time while under sedation
  • No fear or anxiety during treatment

What levels of sedation are available to me?

Sedation dentistry is closely regulated.  There are different sedative states at which your treatment can be administered: mild sedation or moderate sedation.

  • Mild Sedation — Is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild 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 mild sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of sedation that results in relaxation during treatment.
  • Moderate Sedation — Used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures.  Moderate sedation can be administered either intravenously (I.V.) or by using an oral sedative.  With moderate sedation, you will be in a deep state of relaxation but still be able to breathe on your own throughout the procedure.

Patients who receive any form of sedation will need to have a responsible adult to accompany them to the appointment.  Pre-sedation instructions will be given to you at time of consultation, should you wish to proceed with sedation for any upcoming surgical procedures.

​How are sedatives administered?

  • Inhalation — Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas.
  • Oral —A sedative pill is taken in office about one hour before your appointment.
  • I.V. (Intravenous)