Sedation Dentistry

For a Calm, Relaxing Dental Appointment

Has fear kept you from the dentist? Has it prevented you from taking good care of your oral health?

If so, sedation dentistry could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

This treatment option can help:

  • People with dental fears completely relax
  • Turn multiple appointments into a single visit
  • People who have difficulty getting numb

We offer a variety of options to help ease your fears.

Oral Sedation

Dr. Bolil will prescribe a relaxing medication that you take prior to your appointment. The medication will help you completely relax. We will monitor your vital signs constantly and you will never be left alone. You will be awake enough to respond to Dr. Bolil during treatment, but will essentially sleep through the entire appointment! Due to the wonderfully relaxing effects of the pill, you must have someone drive you to and from the appointment.

Sedation dentistry dramatically reduces the body’s natural tendency to tense muscles while stressed, helping you to feel relaxed and at ease. Dental anesthetics are more effective while the body is relaxed, practically eliminating any concerns about discomfort during treatment. Your postoperative discomfort can be treated with simple, over-the- counter medications such as Aleve or Tylenol.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for those who don’t want sedation dentistry, but want to “take the edge off” their visit. Nitrous oxide is delivered in the office during treatment via a small mask over your nose. This treatment option completely relaxes you and let you drift off. As soon as the gas is turned off, the effects fade away and you’re back to your normal self within minutes.

IV Sedation

For extreme anxiety or dental phobia, or for patients having certain procedures, we have a licensed anesthesiologist on call that can administer IV sedation. Also known as “deep conscious sedation,” this technique allows medication to be administered directly into the bloodstream. The advantage of IV sedation is that the level of medication can be immediately increased if you are not sedated enough. Your vital signs will be continually monitored to ensure that you are safe and relaxed throughout the dental procedure. You will be awake and responsive during your treatment, but in a deep state of relaxation and will have little or no memory of the procedure.