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Sedation Dentistry


Can you make it through a tooth extraction without sedation? Imagine having to go through a difficult dental procedure, such as having a tooth pulled, having a root canal done, or having oral surgery done. As soon as the treatment is through, you will have no recollection of how long it lasted, how much pain or noise you were subjected to, or how much agony you had anticipated beforehand. We are thrilled to be able to provide our patients with the option of sedation dentistry, which is not only calming, but also completely risk-free and very efficient. Patients who exhibit the following traits are examples of those who could gain from sedation dentistry:

  • Anxiety or unease associated with dental appointments
  • Difficulty remaining still for extended periods of time
  • Difficulty becoming and remaining numb following anesthesia administration
  • Difficulty remaining still for long periods of time
  • Difficulty remaining still for long periods of time

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist can benefit from sedation dentistry, which enables their dentist to perform a wider variety of dental procedures in a manner that is both safe and comfortable. The following are some of the benefits that can be gained by sedation dentistry: Patients who are sedated are not aware of the passage of time; patients are oblivious to odors and sounds; patients do not experience fear or worry while undergoing therapy.

Patients who have gone through a procedure that was performed with sedation dentistry will attest to the fact that it is an easy and stress-free means of receiving dental care.

I Am Nervous About Being Unconscious. What Various Degrees of Sedation Dentistry Am I Able to Receive?

Because our dental practice is equipped to provide sedation dentistry, there is no justification for patients to be anxious about undergoing this procedure. You will find that we adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and courtesy at all times, and we are authorized to perform dental work by the American Dental Association.


Your dentist will have the ability to provide your treatment while you are under mild, moderate, or severe sedation, depending on the degree you choose. Sedation dentistry is subject to stringent legal regulations, and your dentist has the option of performing your procedure using one of three different types of sedation: light sedation, moderate sedation, or deep sedation.

  • Mild Sedation - Anxiolysis is the lightest kind of sedation dentistry, and it is typically reserved for individuals who have moderate anxiety, longer treatments, or more complex circumstances. Oral administration is most often used to treat moderate sedation because it is the most convenient method. You will feel very comfortable throughout the entire treatment, despite the fact that you will be able to stay awake or that you will be extremely weary. Even though you will be breathing on your own, you will feel very calm. Patients who have had anxiety-reducing sedation are often able to regain consciousness within a few hours of the conclusion of their therapy. Laughing gas, often known as nitrous oxide, is a type of sedation that ranges from mild to moderate in intensity and has the effect of facilitating relaxation throughout the therapeutic process.
  • Moderate Sedation - Conscious sedation, also known as mild IV sedation, is typically administered to patients who have moderate dental anxiety as well as patients who require procedures that are either lengthier or more involved. Patients who are going to be through lengthy or difficult treatments are typically given this type of sedative. In the process of receiving conscious sedation, although you will be awake for the entirety of the procedure, you will have an incredible sensation of calm during the entire experience. Patients who receive conscious sedation should always be accompanied to their appointments by a parent, spouse, or friend. The sedative's effects may not be back to normal for several hours, and driving while under its influence could be hazardous.
  • Deep Sedation - Patients who are receiving dental procedures while under the influence of deep sedation have varying levels of consciousness. This is one of the side effects of deep sedation. Even if the patient is conscious for some portion of the procedure, they will normally not remember what was done to them and will be unable to respond to any instructions that are given to them. People who receive significant sedation should always have a responsible adult, such as a parent, spouse, or friend, accompany them to their appointments. The sedative's effects may not be noticeable for many hours after administration, and driving while under its influence can be risky and possibly dangerous. Surgical procedures can also be performed while patients are deeply sedated using a presecription medication.

How are Sedatives Administered?

  • Inhalation - The procedure that is used the most frequently for the treatment of mild to moderate anxiety is the inhalation of nitrous oxide, sometimes known as laughing gas. As a result of how quickly you have recovered, you are free to resume all of your regular activities right away.
  • Oral - When patients need to be sedated for dental procedures, oral sedation is a method that is regularly used. It is uncomplicated, and there is never a time when needles are required at any point. You will be given a prescription for a drug that, if taken as directed around one hour before your scheduled appointment, will leave you feeling completely at ease and composed throughout the entirety of the dental session.

Sedation Dentistry at Summerlin Dental Solutions

At Summerlin Dental Solutions in Summerlin, Nevada, Dr. Marianne Cohan and her staff believe in making the office as calm and inviting as possible in order to best care for our patients. There are many options that Dr. Cohan can give you in order to best suit your individual needs and circumstances. If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry and determining which technique of sedation dentistry may be most appropriate for you, please call our office so that we may schedule you a consultation.


851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160
851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160