Sedation Dentistry


Sedation Dentistry

It is estimated that as many as 35 million people do not visit the dental office at all due to fear. Don’t let fear and anxiety hold you back any longer. Oral Conscious Sedation ensures our patients are completely relaxed during difficult or complex procedures while still being able to communicate with our staff. Patients that undergo Oral Conscious Sedation typically don’t have any recollection of the procedure and remain relaxed for the duration of the operation.

Sedation Dentistry Equipment

We utilize specialized equipment specifically engineered for sedation dentistry to ensure our patients safety. For instance, we employ cheek retractors and devices that help our patients open their mouth wider without having to consciously do so. We also have special monitoring devices which continuously track our patients blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels throughout the appointment.

Sedation Medication

We’re highly trained with four oral sedation medications that include Midazolam, Triazolam, Diazepam, and Hydroxyzine. We also offer inhaled minimal sedation medication– laughing gas or nitrous oxide. Laughing gas is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after a procedure. We typically administer oral sedative medications through a sublingual administration by crushing them up. This ensures our patients receive the full dose without having to worry about taking pills or receiving painful injections. No matter the level of sedation, we also always use a topical anesthetic before any injections in order to decrease pain or discomfort during a procedure.

Different Levels of Sedation Dentistry

Depending on the procedure, the duration, and our patient’s past experience with dental procedures, we determine what proper level of sedation the patient should undergo:

  • Nitrous Oxide sedation: patients are minimally sedated and awake through the visit, remember everything but remaining relaxed.
  • Oral Conscious sedation: patients are moderately sedated by being given enough sedative medication to forget the procedure but remain conscious enough to speak to our staff.
  • IV sedation: patients are put to sleep by a dental or medical specialist in a very high level of sedation. (IV sedation is not completed at our office)

Questions Regarding Sedation Dentistry

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding sedation dentistry, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re happy to help you understand the sedatives and techniques we utilize in order to really mitigate any of the fears and anxieties you may have. Your comfort and state-of-mind are important to us to ensure the success of any dental procedure.

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Dr. Kolkman was awarded his Fellowship in the AGD by amassing over 1,000 hours of continuing education in the areas of cosmetics, sedation, implants, and biological dentistry. Additionally, he is certified by DOCS in oral conscious sedation.


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We get it. You hate the dentist. You’ve been trained to loathe the very word and everything associated with it. That’s exactly what inspired us to rethink how we do what we do. Our practice is guided by a no judgement mentality. Our mission is quite simple: to help you be a better you.

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