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Why Choose DeMartino Dental Group for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Team Led by Two Highly Experienced Dentists
  • Sedation Available for Any Dental Procedure
  • Kind & Caring Team That Prioritizes Comfort

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

dental patient receiving nitrous oxide sedation

With nitrous oxide, tranquility is just a few breaths away. This method works by having the patient breathe in a mixture of the odorless gas and oxygen through a small nasal mask, and quickly, a feeling of warmth and happiness envelopes them. The amount of nitrous oxide can be adjusted throughout an appointment based on a patient’s comfort level, and once the mask is removed, the effects wear off almost instantly, meaning a person can get straight back to their day.

Oral Conscious Sedation

dental patient taking pill for oral conscious sedation

If you could take a pill that would make all your dental anxiety go away, would you do it? Well, that’s exactly how oral conscious sedation works! You’ll be prescribed medication to take on the day of your appointment, so that by the time you sit in the chair, you’ll already be sedated. You’ll remain awake the entire time, but the appointment will fly by very quickly, and you’ll likely only have fuzzy memories of it afterward.

Types of Drugs Used for Oral Conscious Sedation

Based on your level of anxiety and the type/length of procedure you need, you may be prescribed one of the following medications:

  • Valium: Thanks to its long half-life, this sedative is best for time-consuming, complex procedures.
  • Halcion: A common treatment for insomnia, it can also help patients feel more at ease during their appointments, plus it helps many basically forget about their experience afterward.
  • Ativan: Usually prescribed for general anxiety, this medication is best for procedures that take less than 2 hours.
  • Versed: This has a similar effect to nitrous oxide and is ideal for short, routine procedures.

IV Sedation

older man about to take pill for oral conscious sedation

This treatment involves administering a sedative directly into the bloodstream using an injection in the hand or arm. It is very potent and fast-acting, so we typically recommend it for patients with extreme dental anxiety or those who will need to be in the chair for a long time. It can also allow us to perform multiple treatments in a single appointment so a patient can get what they need in fewer visits.