Sedation Dentistry

Complex dental treatments such as root canals, extractions, and oral surgery, although common, can be a great source of anxiety for many patients. At Baker and Graham, we are committed to providing a worry-free experience for all of our patients and are pleased to provide the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to the type of sedation dentistry we offer, including:

Reduced memory of undergoing the procedure
Reduced sense of time while under sedation
Reduced sense of smell or sound
Reduced fear or anxiety during treatment

Sedation Levels

There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at our practice. We are licensed by the American Dental Association, and you will find that we are both respectful and professional at all times. We have several levels and types of sedation available to accommodate any medical or personal needs.

Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete.

Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of mild to moderate sedation that results in relaxation during treatment. Patient may need a driver to and from the office.
How are sedatives administered?

Inhalation — Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.

Oral Sedation — An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. You will be given a prescription pill which, taken about an hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office. You will need a driver to and from the office