For some people, a trip to the dentist can be a traumatic and anxious event. Often, a patient will have had a negative experience in the past at a dental office, or they may harbor a fear of needles and numbness. It is quite natural to be uncomfortable, even anxious, when laying in a dental chair.

Imagine taking a sedative medication that could help provide you the ultimate in relaxation throughout your dental visit. It is one of several choices for improving your dental experience.

Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

If you have any of the following you may be someone who would benefit from sedation dentistry:

Fear of dental treatment
History of traumatic dental experiences
Difficulty getting numb
Very sensitive gag reflex or difficulty opening
Extremely sensitive teeth
Limited time to get your dental care completed
Complex dental problems; or a need for oral surgery
Above average disdain for “getting numb”
Embarrassment about your teeth
In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable
Have not received professional dental care in many years, perhaps decades
Go from dentist to dentist, or doctors, to renew painkiller prescriptions for dental problems
Often make and then cancel dental appointments
Make numerous, lengthy phone calls to the dentist’s office
Experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests
If you hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care and offices, and you can’t block them out, then you may want to “sleep” while you have your dental work done.

Recent research indicates that the number one reason adults postpone needed dental care is fear. That’s right, not time, not money, but fear! Yet dental decay and periodontal disease don’t strike only those who aren’t afraid to visit the dentist.

With safe and proven techniques, dental patients receive sedative drugs which work rapidly to create a relaxed state that is maintained and monitored throughout treatment. Beyond creating an optimal environment for you, sedation dentistry also allows the doctor to complete multiple procedures in one appointment.

With sedation you simply won’t remember or be aware of any of the dental procedures that are performed. You breathe on your own, unlike hospital anesthesia where a machine breathes for you. It is like sleeping through your appointment! Here are some sedation facts:

  • It really works! You really can relax through your dental appointment.
  • You will have little or no memory of the experience.
  • You won’t remember any sounds or smells.
  • Complex dental treatments that often require multiple appointments can often be done in as little as one or two appointments, all while you relax!
  • People who have difficulty getting numb will have no problem when relaxed.
  • Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.


It is important to voice your concerns and dental fears. At the offices of Dr. Stacy Johnson’s Family Dentistry, we are happy to provide conscious sedation to help make your experience the best it can be with little to no post-operative discomfort. Feel completely relaxed, safe and happy yet retain a sense of awareness and responsiveness. If desired, higher degrees of sedation can be achieved which may produce drowiness and sleepiness. You will wake with almost no memory of your dental procedure. For your safety, be sure you have someone drive you to your appointment and back home if you choose a higher degree of sedation.

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