Sedation Dentistry Can Help You Get The Dental Care You Need


At Briar Dentistry in South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, we understand that dental anxiety and fear can prevent many patients from receiving a wide range of dentistry services. That’s why we’re proud to provide three sedation dentistry options – nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation – to help ensure patients are comfortable and stress-free while receiving oral healthcare. 

What is nitrous oxide?

Also known as "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is a safe and widely used form of sedation. Administered through a mask placed over the nose, it induces a relaxed and euphoric state. Nitrous oxide allows patients to remain conscious and responsive throughout their visit while alleviating anxiety and discomfort. It is an excellent option for those with mild to moderate dental anxiety as well as patients who prefer a quick recovery without lingering effects.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation involves the administration of an oral medication before a dental visit. The medication induces a deeper state of relaxation, reducing anxiety and enhancing comfort. While patients remain conscious, they may experience drowsiness and may not remember their visit. Oral sedation is suitable for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, those requiring longer procedures, or individuals who prefer a deeper level of sedation.

What is IV sedation?

Intravenous (IV) sedation involves the administration of medication directly into the bloodstream, inducing a state of deep relaxation. It allows patients to be in a semi-conscious or unconscious state, ensuring maximum comfort throughout their visit. IV sedation is typically recommended for patients with severe dental anxiety, complex dental treatments, or those with strong gag reflexes. It is closely monitored by our trained dental team to ensure patient safety.

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Nitrous oxide is generally safe for most individuals, while oral sedation and IV sedation are recommended for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, strong gag reflexes, extensive dental treatments, or individuals with special needs. Our dental team will evaluate your medical history, anxiety levels, and treatment requirements to determine the most appropriate sedation option for you.

Do you have questions about sedation dentistry and whether it’s right for you? Call our friendly team today to discuss!


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