For some, just getting up the courage to walk in to a dental office is a major barrier. Maybe you’ve been hurt in the past or your discomfort was dismissed or ignored. It may have been years since you’ve been to the dentist and you are embarrassed. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you, we just want to help!

Dr. Rich is trained to provide Sedation Dentistry with proven protocols that have been used safely for many years. Oral medications in pill or powder form can allow you to rest comfortably while years of dental neglect is corrected in just a few appointments. Hospital-grade pulse oximetry monitoring is used continuously throughout the appointment to ensure your safety.

Your comfort is our priority. With the proper dosage and timing of oral medications, combined with Inhalation Sedation, we can get and keep you comfortable during your appointments. What’s more, even long appointments feel like short ones and you will have little memory of your visit the next day. What could be easier?

You can benefit from sedation dentistry if you experience one or more of the following:

  • High fear of dental care
  • Complex dental problems
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Fear of needles and shots
  • Trouble getting numb
  • Sensitive teeth

The two most common types of sedation dentistry are:

  1. Oral Conscious Sedation
  2. Inhalation Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation

Through this type of sedation you will experience very deep relaxation while still being conscious. Your doctor will provide you with oral medications that are easy to swallow, safe, and economical. Most patients will receive Valium (Diazepam) the night before, and Halcion (triazolam) on the morning of their appointment. When the medication takes effect, you will be able to speak and respond to external requests. The medication dosages will be administered over time, and customized to your specific needs. Smokers may be given additional medications to overcome the residual stimulant effects of the nicotine in their system.

Inhalation Sedation

Inhalation sedation uses Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen (laughing gas) to help your body achieve a relaxed state. This is the most popular form of sedation used in dentistry today.