Sedation Dentistry

Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. When your treatment is complete, you have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting. We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist

  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time

  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics

    What is sedation dentistry?

    Sedation dentistry is the administration of one or more medicines during dental appointments in order to safely and comfortably treat patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:

  • Limiting and/or eliminating fear or anxiety during treatment

  • No sense of time while under sedation

  • In many cases, no memory of undergoing the procedure

    Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

    What levels of sedation are available in Dr. Mullens’ practice, and how are they administered to me?

    There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at our practice. You will find that we are both respectful, attentive and professional at all times.  Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and there are two safe sedative states that we administer in our office: mild sedation and moderate sedation.

  • Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or even more complex situations. We utilize nitrous oxide, or laughing gas for mild sedation in our office.  It is administered by breathing through a nose mask, and recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately, and in most cases, drive yourself home from your appointment.

  • Moderate Sedation is used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures.  In our office, we administer moderate sedation orally-this does not require the use of needles.  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.  Our patients remain in a state of being slightly awake to very sleepy throughout the entire procedure, and are able to safely breathe on their own. Most patients who use this form of sedation do not remember their time in the office during the appointment.  This form of sedation requires a parent, spouse, or friend to accompany them to and from the appointment because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off.  Patients typically recover from oral sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete.


    Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method may be right for you.