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Soothing Sedation Dentistry

With sedation dentistry, Dr. John Krell can treat even our most nervous patients with relative ease. Also, it can even be used to help complete multiple treatments in just one visit, allowing patients with busy schedules to get their essential dental care. At our practice, we have two main forms of sedation we use every day:

Oral conscious sedation is defined as a minimally depressed level of consciousness that retains a patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain their airway and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal commands. This is usually administered in pill form.

The medication used for this method usually comes from a group of drugs known as Benzodiazepines. Not only do these medications have a sedative effect, they also have some degree of amnesic effect for most people. Patients remember little or nothing about their dental appointment.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation - Also known as "laughing gas," this is the most frequently used sedation method used in all of dentistry. All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own. The patient will often fall asleep and experience some degree of amnesia about what happened during their dental appointment.