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 any patient who desires a more comfortable stress reduced experience during their dental appointment. There are different types of sedation available in dentistry including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedation or a combination of the above.

These sedative agents are coupled with the use of a local anesthesia (numbing agent) that eliminate pain sensations coming from the area being treated.

Our office offers conscious sedation through the use of nitrous oxide with or without an oral sedative agent.The use of conscious sedation is not intended to induce a state of sleep even though some patients become so relaxed that sleep automatically follows. The deep relaxed state associated with conscious sedation,with or without sleep, facilitates the performance of even very extensive procedures with minimum discomfort.

Before using a sedative agent it is important to advise us of any changes in your medical history or any medications you may be taking.

Before, during and after your treatment your vital signs will be monitored using a special monitoring device clipped to your finger (a pulseoximeter).

If we can make your treatment easier and more comfortable for you by using conscious sedation – please do not hesitate to let us know.

Instructions for patients who plan to be sedated:

If you will be taking oral sedation premedication, it is important that preparation for this be made by avoiding any dairy foods (no eggs, cheese, milk,  butter, etc) and no greasy foods (bacon, sausage, hamburger, etc.) for at least 4 hours before the surgery. So that we will get the desired effect with the sedative agent, it is important that fruit is eaten approximately 15 minutes before your arrival time. This will insure better intake of the sedation agent and therefore, the desired effect. Sometimes patients are tempted to eat nothing before their appointment, however we have found that having fruit on the stomach at the time the premedication is taken significantly improves the effect of the sedative agent.


He or she must be prepared to stay during the surgery in the event the surgery is finished early or if there are any questions that need to be asked of the parent or guardian it can be done in a timely manner. Oral sedation will not be given without the caretaker present and it would be necessary to proceed without the sedation.

The caretaker must be prepared to stay with the patient the first 12 hours following the surgery.Since the sedative agent has an effect beyond the time of the actual procedure, having someone available to assist the patient during the initial phase of recovery is critical to the safety of the patient.