Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to overcome your fear of the dentist so that you can receive the important dental treatments you need. Many of our patients choose to undergo sedation dentistry in order to feel more at ease while in the dentist’s chair. If you have been avoiding coming to the dentist due to anxiety, ask Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro if sedation dentistry can help you.

We offer two sedation dentistry options to our patients in the Phoenix, Arizona area:

For more minor procedures, Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro generally recommend nitrous oxide as their preferred method of sedation. Nitrous oxide gas is administered to you  through a nosepiece during your procedure to place you in a more relaxed state. Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro can adjust your dosage throughout your procedure, ensuring a comfortable experience from start to finish. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, and you should not feel any lingering effects of the sedation once your procedure has been completed.

For more extensive procedures, Dr. LeSueur and Dr. Dodaro generally recommend oral conscious sedation. This sedation method is ideal for patients with extreme dental anxiety, those who have a strong active gag reflex, or for situations where multiple procedures are being performed at once.

An oral sedative pill is taken at home before you arrive at your appointment and then, if needed, additional
medication is administered  before and during your procedure to keep you sedated. This sedation  will place you in a relaxed, semi-conscious state. You will be able to respond to our dentists’ questions and prompts during your procedure, but you will have  little if any recollection afterward. You will simply wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed. If you choose oral sedation, make sure you arrange for someone to drive you to your visit and home after your procedure.

Please contact Dr. Scott LeSueur and Dr. Charles Dodaro today to learn more about the sedation dentistry offered at our office. We serve patients in Phoenix, Arizona.

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