Who is Sedation For?

People who have . . .

  • High fear
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Limited time to complete dental care

People who . . .

  • Hate needles and shots!
  • Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
  • Are afraid or embarrassed by their teeth

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows you to be sedated just enough to be pain free and unaware of the treatment, as if you were relaxing. That is why it is normally referred to as conscious sedation dentistry. So if you have sensitive teeth, a fear of dentists, have a bad gag reflex, hate needles, or have limited time to spend on dental care at the dentist, Sedation during dentistry procedures can help you.

Whatever the case may be sedation by your dentists can help you be more anxiety free during your dentistry treatment. Your dentist's ultimate goal is to make your visit to the dentist a relaxing and enjoyable one. Since you are completely comfortable, relaxed, and pain free your sedation dentist can do years of dental treatments in one or two dental visits.

With sedation your dentist can restore sore gums to good dental health, fix a chipped tooth, replace crowns or dentures, whiten yellow or stained teeth, and more. All pain free.

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Types of Sedation

There are 3 different types of sedation:

1. - The lightest form of sedation is nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This produces a mild sense of relaxation.

2. - Oral sedation is a moderate form of sedation. This form of sedation typically uses two pills taken before the dental visit to produce a deep state of relaxation. It is best used for short appointments, because once the drug reaches its peak state of relaxation it slowly begins to wear off.

3. - The deepest form of sedation is IV sedation (sleep dentistry). This form of sedation uses pain relieving and sedative drugs to create a sleep like state where the patient is virtually unaware of the dentistry being preformed. Most patients have little or no memory of the visit.

Only about 4% of dentists have the training and licensing to provide IV Sedation.

Some dentists have access to all of the above forms of sedation to help a patient feel comfortable before, during and after treatment.

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Click here to read FAQs about Sedation Dentistry answered by Dr.Glasmeier


All patients who undergo oral sedation or IV sedation will be monitored during dental treatment to ensure patient safety. The patient's heart and oxygen levels are monitored throughout the procedure. Monitored anesthesia is used in conjunction with local anesthesia.

IV Sedation

Intravenous Sedation is the state-of-the-art technique for the comprehensive control of pain and anxiety in oral & maxillofacial surgery. Intravenous Sedation uses sedative drugs that are delivered through the bloodstream in an IV tube allowing you to comfortably sleep through your procedure. Most patients have a pleasant experience and are unaware that the surgery has been completed.

It is the method of choice for the treatment of the highly fearful patient and those patients that want to be very comfortable during treatment. Because of the kinds of drugs used and the method of delivery, IV Sedation allows the oral & maxillofacial surgeon to control the drugs' effects precisely.

All of our doctors have had extensive training and experience in the administration of anesthesia and sedation and are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. All of our assistants are certified in CPR. Your vital signs are continuously monitored while our state-of-the-art equipment sedates you.

Prior to any procedure or anesthetic, the doctor will review your medical history and discuss the different anesthetic options with you.

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Before IV Sedation

You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment. No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.

A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.

  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Glasmeier prior to your surgical date for instructions.

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After IV Sedation

Amnesia almost always occurs post-operatively, for varying lengths of time during the day. For this reasons, you are strongly advised not to drive, operate machinery or make any legal decisions for 24 hours.

There may be some bruising, swelling or vein irritation at the intravenous site. Though the latter rarely occurs, these symptoms are usually transient in nature and would create only a minor inconvenience.

Over-sedation and prolonged recovery occur in some sensitive individuals. More particularly, this may occur in those who have been taking prescribed or recreational drugs but withhold this information during the preoperative assessment. (This includes alcohol, sleeping pills, antihistamines or pain relievers). back to top

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