In Office Sedation

Let's face it: Most people don't look forward to getting dental work done.

We want to change that.

At all of our family dental offices, we strive to make a visit to the dentist as pleasant and pain-free as possible. Pain management is central to every procedure we perform. When planning a procedure, we consider many factors before selecting the pain-management methods we will utilize.

These factors include:
  • The patient's age, general health, and medical history
  • The patient's level of anxiety about the procedure and personal pain tolerance
  • The complexity of the procedure
  • How much discomfort the procedure is likely to cause
  • How long the procedure will take to complete
  • Whether post-procedure discomfort is likely
For most patients, a local anesthetic is all that's needed. Today's dental anesthetics are very effective and take effect quickly, enabling dentists to perform complex procedures with little or no discomfort to the patient. Other times, especially when the patient is a child, a little bit of literal hand-holding by a parent, friend, or the dental assistant is also needed to help the patient relax. No problem. All of our dental assistants have special training in recognizing and responding to dental anxiety and discomfort, and they know that helping patients through their fears – including holding their hands -- is part of their job. Some patients, however, are really, really anxious about getting dental work done and need more than hand holding to overcome their fear of dental work. For these patients, we offer in-office conscious sedation. This isn't a replacement for local anesthetics, but an additional measure we can use to help patients relax and overcome their dental anxieties. Finally, we consider the likelihood of post-operative discomfort. Every patient receives detailed instructions and a personal consultation about what to expect during the hours and days following their procedures, along with prescriptions for antibiotics or pain relief medications, if needed. In short, we want to make dentistry as pain-free as possible. In fact, we want you to look forward to your next appointment with us. Yes, we know that's a tall order. But it doesn't stop us from trying.