Sedation Dentistry

sedation dentistry

I am nervous about being unconscious; what levels of sedation are available to me?


Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and there are three sedative states-  mild sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation.  We offer Mild Sedation for patients that need something to take the edge off, because of poor past experiences.

  • 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 (Valium/ diazepam). 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.  The sedated patient should have someone available to drive them to and from the office for that appointment.   Mild Sedation is available at this office.  However, if there is a need to have greater sedation such as Moderate or Deep sedation, a referral can be made.

Oral Sedation

  • An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. You will be given a prescription pill which, taken about an hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office.

Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about what we have to offer.  In most cases sedation is not necessary once we discuss past experiences, expectations and alternative therapies.

Recently, I had a patient who had many tattos and a large cavity in his lower molar.  When I administer local anesthesia (novocaine) I never wave the syringe in front of the patient and am very gentle.  He happened to look down and just turned into an apologetic, whining, wimp right before my assistant and me!  I told him that he had nothing to apologize for and that I would use the laser (Star Wars- type beam of the Fotona Erbium YAG laser) instead of using the needle and 'drill.'  At first, I was a bit hesitant because of the size of that cavity, but the procedure went without a hitch- beautifully.  Both back-to-back fillings were done and, boy, was he happy!