Sedation Dentistry

If you feel nervous about visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Many people experience anxiety when anticipating a dental visit. If you’ve had past negative experiences at the dentist, it can have a very real effect on you and cause you to avoid future dentist visits.

Now, with sedation dentistry, we can use sedatives to make your experience more relaxing and comfortable. Sedation dentistry is also an option for those who have a sensitive gag reflex or trouble getting numb.

At Hill & Schneidmiller we offer several types of sedation dentistry so that you can find what’s most convenient and amenable to you:

  • Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a sedative gas mixed with oxygen. It’s a very common form of sedation in which we’ll place a mask over your nose and you’ll simply breathe in the gas. The laughing gas can help you feel more relaxed and it wears off easily as soon as you remove the mask.
  • Oral sedation is sedation in the form of a small pill which you can take an hour or so before your appointment. By the time we begin your treatment, you will be feeling calm and relaxed. With this type of sedation, however, you will want to find a person to bring you to and from your appointment.
  • IV sedation, as the name indicates, simply means that we will administer the sedation through an IV, whereupon it will immediately enter your bloodstream. The advantage of this type of sedation is that it has an immediate effect, and we can monitor and change the level of sedation you receive. You won’t be unconscious during your treatment, but you will feel deeply relaxed and may even fall asleep. You may not remember much about the procedure.

We don’t want you to avoid the dentist and important dental care simply because of anxiety. Please ask us about our sedation dentistry options and we can help you determine which will work best for you. We want to ensure that your visit to us is pleasant and comfortable.

We have a well-trained team who are skilled in administering sedation and who will work to ensure your sedation is both safe and effective. Please remember to have a friend or relative available to bring you to and from your dentist appointment if you choose oral or IV sedation.

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry or any of our other services, please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your options with you.