It’s not uncommon to have anxiety about an upcoming endodontic appointment. Sedation dentistry helps you feel calm, relaxed and at ease during endodontic treatment. 


What is sedation?

There are varying levels of sedation dentistry based on what the patient needs. Factors include your level of anxiety, the length of your procedure, your health history and personal preferences. The most common types of sedation dentistry include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation. 

Nitrous oxide is commonly known as “laughing gas”. You inhale nitrous oxide through a nosepiece and calming effects begin within three to five minutes. Once treatment is over, your dentist gives you pure oxygen to flush the nitrous oxide out of your system.

Oral conscious sedation is administered in pill form about an hour before your procedure begins. Oral sedation makes you quite groggy and you may even fall asleep. You will still be able to communicate with your dentist if necessary, and you’ll awaken with a gentle nudge. With oral sedation you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. 

IV sedation is the deepest form of conscious sedation. Most people who receive IV sedation fall asleep and have little to no memory of their treatment when they wake up. With IV sedation, we utilize Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to administer and monitor the drugs. These highly trained professionals use techniques and medications that take effect quickly and reduce the “hang-over effect” or grogginess often associated with other sedation methods. 

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Anxiety Relief

Sedation allows patients to comfortably go through procedures and lessens the anxiety around a dental appointment.

Anterograde Amnesia

This type of amnesia, or memory loss, is when you cannot form new memories - meaning there can be no additional build-up of a phobia around the dentist.

Reduction of Gag Reflex

The gag reflex is lessened or paralyzed during sedation dentistry, which allows the dentist to go deep inside the oral cavity.

Pain relief

With sedation, pain is completely removed.

Are you a good candidate for sedation?

You have a long and traumatic procedure scheduled
You experience extreme pain and sensitivity during dental procedures
You have high anxiety or fear around dental procedures and visits
You have a strong gag reflex
Local anesthesia is ineffective on you

Why choose Andrews Endodontics?

Your Endodontic Specialist

At Andrews Endodontics, we are passionate about delivering exceptional, patient-centered care, while using the most advanced treatment options to help you preserve your natural teeth.