Sedation Dentistry FAQs

What Is Sedation Dentistry?


Sedation dentistry is the administration of sedative drugs to relieve mild to severe anxiety, as well as keeping patients comfortable during long dental treatments.

Who Needs Sedation Dentistry?

You may want to consider sedation dentistry if you:

  • Have a deep-rooted phobia of the dentist resulting in anxiety or panic attacks
  • Are afraid of needles
  • Are overly concerned about pain
  • Have difficulty sitting still for an extended time
  • Are having a long procedure
  • Have difficulty getting numb from anesthesia
  • Gag easily
  • Have very sensitive teeth and gums
  • Become nauseous by the smell of a dental office

Will Sedation Also Relieve Pain?

Sedation is used to relieve anxiety and to help a patient relax. To relieve pain, anesthesia is used. The combination provides the patient with a relaxing and pain-free dental appointment. 

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Yes, it's completely safe as long as it's performed by a trained and licensed medical professional. As your trusted Maplewood, MN dentist, your safety is our number one concern, and you will be closely monitored to ensure your safety under sedation.

What Types of Sedation Do You Use?

We use two different types of sedation:

  • Inhalation conscious sedation uses nitrous gas that you inhale to create a sense of euphoria, although you will be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Oral sedation uses a pill that you take orally and works in a matter of minutes. 

How long will I be sedated?

The time frame you are sedated usually ranges between one and six hours, depending on the type of dental work you are having done. Your Maplewood dentist is an expert and will provide you with the appropriate amount of sedation needed for your treatment. 

Will I Remember Anything About My Treatment?

If you received oral sedation, it’s unlikely that you will remember much about your treatment; in fact, some patients even fall asleep. If you receive inhalation conscious sedation, you might be able to remember some of what happened during your treatment, but your memory will be fuzzy or fragmented.

Are there side effects related to sedation?

You may experience some minor side effects, including:

  • A dry mouth during or after the procedure
  • A very brief period of amnesia upon waking up
  • Headache or nausea
  • Grogginess (this is usually the most common symptom)

What should I do after I have been sedated?

We ask that you have someone drive you home from the appointment. We advise you that you do not operate a vehicle or any other piece of potentially dangerous equipment for at least 24 hours afterward. Basically, take it easy at home for a few hours, ideally with someone there to look after you.

Contact Your Maplewood, MN Dentist Today!

If you have any further questions about sedation dentistry, we encourage you to contact us. If you're interested in scheduling an appointment with us, please feel free to give us a call at (651) 770-3831 or fill out our online appointment request form. We hope to hear from you soon!
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