Dental Sedation: What are My Options?

You might be surprised at the number of people who put off needed dental appointments out of fear. They may hope that a dental problem “just goes away.” Perhaps the thought of sitting still for a long procedure is making them fearful. Maybe they have a heard a procedure is uncomfortable. Dental sedation is meant to make you less anxious and more comfortable during any dental procedure. We want you to be aware of the dental anesthesia options available at our office.

Notes on Sedation Options:

Local Anesthetic: This is an injection that will numb the area around the procedure. You are fully awake, but you will not feel discomfort. You will be able to drive after the appointment, and resume most activities, should you so desire.

Nitrous oxide: This is sometimes known as “laughing gas” because nitrous oxide combats feelings of stress, and gives an overall feeling of wellbeing. If you receive nitrous oxide, you will be able to drive after a short recovery time in our office.

Oral sedation: There are prescription drugs that combat anxiety in the face of a dental procedure. We may provide a single prescription or a combination. You will take the medication following our instruction, before your appointment. You will need someone to drive you home.

IV Sedation: Intravenous sedation puts you in a relaxed state of “twilight sleep” where you are almost completely unaware of your surroundings. You will need someone to drive you home.

General anesthesia: We are licensed and accredited just as any surgical center would be. If we advise general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious during the procedure. You will spend recovery time at our office. You will need someone to drive you home.

Some of the sedation options listed above may be combined to maximize your comfort and minimize any stress. We will fully discuss all of your options at your consultation appointment. Please feel free to ask your sedation and anesthesia questions at any consultation or preventive care appointment.


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).