Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry

What is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves administering a sedative to put you to sleep during your appointments. If you’re fearful of the dentist and regularly experience anxiety and panic attacks, sedation dentistry is the right option for you. It’s safe for both pediatric and adult patients alike and is monitored regularly throughout your appointment. Sedation may be needed for more complicated surgeries and procedures.

Why is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry necessary?

You may want or need sedation because you’ve been putting off dental care for far too long. Sedation helps you to relax in the office and finally have the treatment done that’s needed. Likewise, we may recommend sedation if you suffer from a medical condition that prevents you from sitting still in the chair or if there is a surgery or more complicated procedure needing to be done.

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Who’s a good candidate for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?

Because sedation is safely administered and monitored at all times, most patients can easily benefit from sleep dentistry. We first consult with you regarding the type of sedation that’s right for you. It is important that you have someone to bring you from your appointment when undergoing sleep dentistry as it is unsafe for you to drive yourself. Sedation dentistry can be requested at the majority of your appointments on an as-needed basis.

What can be expected with Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?

We first consult with you regarding the type and level of sedation that you’d like. We offer both conscious and full sedation to suit your needs. Your appointment involves administering this sedation and beginning the treatment that’s needed. You will be taken to one of our recovery rooms and given time to wake up from the sedative used. You’ll need a friend or relative to bring you home from the office once you’ve been cleared to leave. We can administer sedation at any appointment where you’d rather relax than be scared, fearful or panicked.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry and want to know more about your options, call us now and we’ll help to get you in for a consultation appointment.


Here at Confident Smiles, we practice all CDC and OSHA standards of infection control on a daily basis, even prior to this virus. We treat everything to the highest standards for our patient’s and employee’s safety. 

We are able to see ALL patients at this time. 

We clean everything with hospital level disinfectants as part of our standard protocol and we sterilize all of our instruments. The handwashing protocol advised by the CDC is routine for us. We feel safe enough to continue to stay open and care for our patients since we always practice disease prevention as advised by OSHA and the CDC. As per our standard policy, sick patients will NOT be seen to protect all involved in their dental care. 

We have added the following precautions to our daily protocol

  • Patient phone screening questions about current symptoms illness and/or recent travel
  • Usage of hand sanitizer for every patient who enters the office
  • Daily employee screening questions about current symptoms of illness 

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