Sedation Dentistry

Helping patients relax during dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax or become and remain profoundly relaxed during dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry enables patients who may have a low pain threshold, very sensitive teeth, a gag reflex, or moderate-to-severe anxiety the ability to undergo more advanced procedures for teeth and gum health.

Drs. Datar and Leong has completed the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) approved program in IV sedation and can use these more complex techniques.

We are able to provide a wide range of sedation dentistry most appropriate for the situation, including:

  • Inhaled minimal sedation where your breathe nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose to help you relax.
  • Oral sedation, which can be in pill form (similar to a Valium) to make you feel drowsy, although you’ll still be awake or, if a  a larger dose is given, make you actually fall asleep during the procedure.
  • IV moderate sedation where you receive the sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly.

The result allows you to undergo important dental procedures, including those you may be putting off for anxiety or fear.

If fear or anxiety is keeping you from getting dental treatment, then sedation dentistry may be what you need for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning.