Sedation Dentistry

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  • Please wear loose clothing to facilitate rolling up of the sleeve.
  • DO NOT eat anything for at least 8 hours before surgery.
  • Parents or guardians should observe children prior to surgery to make certain there is no consumption of foods or fluids.
  • You may drink clear liquids (water, fruit juices WITHOUT PULP, carbonated beverages, clear tea and black coffee) up to 4 hours before the appointment.
  • If you normally take pills for high blood pressure, thyroid or asthma, please take them with a LITTLE sip of water an hour before the appointment.
  • Please come 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment if this is your first visit to our office.
  • Patients must be accompanied by an adult who will remain in the waiting area during surgery and until recovery period is over. Any patient under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present at time of the procedure. (You will NOT be allowed to take a cab home.)
  • We encourage payments prior to your surgery to expedite your discharge after you awaken following surgery.
  • If you have been given an antibiotic prescription at the time of your consultation, PLEASE TAKE THE ANTIBIOTIC AN HOUR BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH A SIP OF WATER.
  • Please remove nail polish and lipstick.
  • Notify our office if you develop a cold, sore throat, cough, fever or any other illness prior to the surgery.



Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia refers to the use of a topical and/or injected anesthetic that will affect only the targeted area for a brief period of time to minimize or eliminate sensation or pain in that specific “localized” area during a dental procedure.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over the nose to help patients relax. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide allows the patient to breathe normally through the nose. The effects of the sedation will be felt within just a few minutes and may be experienced as a light-headed feeling or a tingling or heaviness in the arms and legs. Ultimately, patients should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.

Conscious Oral Sedation

Conscious Oral Sedation is an alternative minimal sedation that allows patients to remain awake but relaxed. For people who have a fear of dental procedures, conscious sedation may take away some of the anxiety. Under the medication, patients may feel very drowsy or even fall asleep, but will not become unconscious. The doctor will combine the use of oral sedation along with a local anesthetic so you have little to no discomfort. Patients should plan to have someone bring you to the appointment and be available to drive them home following treatment.