Sedation Dentistry

Nervous or anxious about your next dental visit? Dental work is a dream, when you sleep through it!

Now you are able to relax and enjoy your visit with sedation dentistry.  Dr. Johns understands your concerns and offers sedation dentistry for a uniquely exceptional dental experience. We offer Intravenous (IV) and oral conscious sedation dentistry at our practice. During both of these types of conscious sedation, you will remain alert and able to respond to the requests of the dentist and team, but you will be in a state of deep relaxation. You will be unable to feel pain and will emerge from treatment without remembering the details. With sedation dentistry, we find that our patients can safely maintain total peace of mind and body during long dental procedures.

Sedation Dentistry Types:

  • Intravenous Conscious Sedation (IV):  IV Conscious Sedation involves administering a combination of sedatives though an IV that allows you to have your dental work completed with little or no recollection of the procedure. During IV Conscious Sedation you may “feel” like you are asleep, however, you will maintain the ability to respond to simple questions and follow basic commands throughout the procedure. The IV delivery method allows the amount of sedative to be regulated. Our highly trained team will monitor your vital signs throughout your procedure and adjust the amount of sedative as is necessary to ensure your safety and comfort. A designated driver is necessary, and patients are expected to limit their activities for the remainder of the day.
  • Oral Sedation: Oral sedation involves the administration of a sedative pill, which takes maximum effect from anywhere from 30min-1hr after it’s given. A designated driver is necessary for oral sedation, and patients are expected to limit their activities for the remainder of the day.
  • Nitrous Oxide Gas:  Commonly called “laughing gas” or “happy gas”, it is the most common form of sedation used in general dentistry.  Our office has it available in every room, making it a convenient way to help “take the edge off”.  It involves wearing a nose mask that provides both oxygen and nitrous oxide gas.  Once the procedure is completed, we remove the mask and immediate recovery is expected within 5-10 minutes. No designated driver is required, which is one of its advantages over oral and intravenous sedations.

For all of our sedations, a thorough medical history is needed to help us determine whether or not you are a candidate for sedation. Please follow this link for more Information on Sedation Dentistry.