The Art of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry – When you go to the dentist are you excited or a little bit scared? The truth is some people get anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist. We’re not talking just about children either.

Today more adults get dental anxiety. The thought of someone sticking their fingers and tools in your mouth doesn’t bring happy thoughts of unicorns and butterflies. On the contrary, you feel like you want to pass out. That is where sedation dentistry can save the day.

Why Sedation Dentistry?

Today more than ever, sedation dentistry is used in order to calm and relax the dental patient. Your dental visit shouldn’t be a scary experience.  With sedation, you can go through your dental procedures relaxed and free from worry. Over 30% of today’s dental patients have some type of dental anxiety that makes their dental visits more than just routine.

What is Sedation Dentistry?


Sedation is a method used to calm and relax a patient through the use of sedatives. It can be administered in a variety of ways like pills, intravenously or even through the use of nitrous oxide (the almighty laughing gas). The one thing that you need to remember over everything is that sedation is safe and effective at relieving dental anxiety.


Sedation is one of the most widely used techniques in dental offices today. Whether your sedation method is a pill, a gas or some other form, the end result is the same; a relaxed dental visit. In some cases patients may go into a twilight phase where they aren’t really asleep but in more of a conscious daze. Some patients will feel like they slept through the visit but in reality they haven’t.


Oral sedation should not be confused with an anesthetic. In some cases your dentist is still going to need to apply a local anesthetic to the inside of your mouth for pain. In most cases the dentist will sedate the person first then apply the anesthetic. A local anesthetic is a temporary blocking of the impulses of pain that can often radiate from the teeth and gums. Since many patients are already experiencing anxiety it only makes sense to do this after the patient has even sedated because doing it beforehand can only elevate the anxiety in many cases.


No matter what form of sedation your dentist provides, you can rest assured that your well-being is first and foremost. If you plan on having sedation then you need to remember to have someone come to the dentist office with you to drive you home.

So say goodbye to dental anxiety and hello sedation dentistry!