What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures.  While commonly referred to as sleep dentistry, patients using sedation are generally awake.  We offer pill sedation only.  While you are conscious during the procedure, our patients commonly don’t remember anything about the procedure afterward.

Am I Eligible?

Would you rather endure a toothache than step into a dentist’s office?  If so, sedation dentistry may be for you.  Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who have a low pain threshold, cannot sit still in a dentist’s chair, have very sensitive teeth, or have a bad gag relax.  For more information on sedation dentistry or to see if it is right for you and your family, call our office today.


One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is the illusion of time it provides.  You may feel like your procedure only lasted a few minutes when it may have taken hours to perform.  In addition, sedation dentistry can ease many fears that may keep you from visiting the dentist on a regular basis.  Sedation dentistry also allows the dentist to complete more work per visit.

Sedation Safety

Dr. Burns has extensive special training in sedation dentistry.  While sedation dentistry is generally safe, you should first talk to your doctor if you are obese or have obstructive sleep apnea.  Dr. Burns and staff are up-to-date on sedation dentistry training to provide as safe of a procedure as possible.  We will monitor your vital signs during the entire procedure and carry medication that is able to reverse the effects of the sedation if needed.  For more information about sedation dentistry, contact us today.

“Dr. Burns and his staff are AMAZING! They do pill sedation dentistry so you barely remember anything. I had 3 root canals the last visit. The next day my gums were a little tender but I didn’t need any pain meds! I would recommend Dr. Burns to anyone. They make sure you are comfortable and very well taken care of. Thank you Dr. Burns. You and your staff are just wonderful!”
Tracy D.

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