Sedation Dentistry


Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. In our office the sedation we provide can include nitrous oxide or oral sedatives.

Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments may require some sort of sedation for this type of patient.

Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.

"Laughing Gas"

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for several minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre-and post-sedation instructions.

Anxiety-Free Dentistry

Does your heart rate go up even when you walk in the front door of the dental office? Does it make your hands sweat just picking up the phone to try to call for an appointment at the dentist? (If you gather up enough courage to call in the first place?) We understand how you feel. Beattie Family Dental offers a proven way to reduce your anxiety during dental treatment, called "anxiety-free dentistry.” By using sedative medications before and during your dental treatment, we can complete your dental work comfortably and with a minimum of anxiety. Call Beattie Family Dental today for an appointment, and mention that you are interested in anxiety-free dentistry. Our trained staff will be able to answer your questions and help you comfortably attain better dental health and a beautiful smile.