Making your visit to the dentist the most comfortable and relaxing experience.

Shane McDowell, DMD

Shane McDowell, DMD

What is Sedation Dentistry?

What are my Sedation options?


Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is another option that is safe and friendly for both children and adults. Nitrous oxide is a non-allergenic, non-irritating gas that affects the central nervous system. It’s one of the safest forms of sedation available, and patients who have used it report very few, if any, side effects. This is administered by soft mask and allows your fears to just float away, leaving you in a warm, relaxing state of comfort throughout your entire visit. For this option no alternate plans need to be made for transportation, as you will notice the sedation quickly dissipate after your dental procedure is complete.


Oral sedation is sometimes used to help relax any patient with anxiety or thoughts of discomfort, whether you are coming in for a routine visit or having any type of major dental work done. Oral sedation is popular because it does not require the use of needles. Oral sedation comes highly recommended and can take effect within half an hour, which can make your visit the most comfortable visit you have ever had to a dentist. Please note that with oral sedation, you’ll need to make prior arrangements for a family member or friend to take you home.


IV sedation allows us to complete multiple dental procedures in one visit and uses a combination of pain relieving medication and sedatives, which leaves you completely relaxed and unaware of the procedures being performed. IV sedation works much quicker than pills or nitrous oxide and allows us to give you only the amount needed to keep you safe and comfortable. Please note that with IV sedation, you’ll  also need to make prior arrangements for a family member or friend to take you home.

Frequently asked questions

Will I be monitored?

Yes. One of our team members is always with you and all your vital signs are monitored during your visit.

How long will I be in treatment?

The amount of time will vary based on the type of treatment you need.

Will someone need to accompany me to my visit?

Yes. Due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and back to your home once your visit is complete.

What if I have other questions?

If you have additional questions, feel free to give us a call at (239) 936-0597. You can also send us a message using the form below.

What types of drugs are used in oral sedation?

Ativan® – This sedative is best known for reducing anxiety. It has amnesic properties and a medium half-life. Ativan is typically used for treatments shorter than two hours. Halcion® – Usually used to treat insomnia, Halcion is an effective sedative with amnesic properties. A short half-life makes this sedative useful for shorter procedures. Valium® – This sedative has amnesic properties and a long half-life. It is usually used for time-consuming, complex procedures. Versed® – This sedative has the shortest half-life and is therefore less commonly used. It alleviates anxiety in much the same way as nitrous oxide, and is used for visits that will take less than 30 minutes.

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Sedation dentistry is the use of medication orally or through IV to create a relaxed and anxiety-free visit the the dentist office! Ignoring your dental health can make minor dental issues a bigger issue down the road. Thankfully sedation dentistry offers easy options to make your visit to our office as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

Many patients have had bad experiences in the past when visiting the dentist and cannot imagine going through the same experience again. We understand the fears that many patients experience in past dental experiences and pride ourselves in providing the most relaxing visit you will ever experience. Our sedation services will allow you to get the dental work you desperately need in the most comfortable way possible.

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