Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") and oral sedatives.

Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to oral sedation used to put patients in a more relaxed state. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may benefit from sedation. Periodontal procedures like extractions, cosmetic procedures, crown lengthening, and some non-surgical procedures can require sedation.

Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their periodontal visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell us about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, we will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation (IV, IE, Oral Sedation) is sometimes known as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight dentistry”, and involves administering a dose of sedatives directly into the bloodstream via sedation. Conscious sedation is highly effective for patients who are fearful or anxious about their dental visits, as the sedative will calm the patient. It also acts as an amnesiac, causing them to not remember the dental operation afterwards, even though the patient will remain conscious and responsive during the procedure. Our office will provide you with detailed pre- and post-procedure instructions involving conscious sedation.