Sedation Dentistry: What is it and How Does it Work?

Sedation Dentistry by Smiles of Chandler in Chandler AZ


Are you one of those individuals who feel anxious at the mere thought of visiting the dentist for sedation dentistry? Dental anxiety is a common concern that prevents many people from seeking the essential dental care they need. At Smiles Of Chandler, we understand your concerns, and Dr. Heaton is here to provide a solution – Sedation Dentistry. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore what sedation dentistry is, why it’s beneficial, and the different methods available, especially in the East Valley.

Understanding Sedation Dentistry

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Despite remarkable advancements in dental procedures that focus on minimizing discomfort and invasiveness, dental anxiety remains a significant barrier for many individuals. Dr. Heaton recognizes that past experiences or hearsay can contribute to this anxiety, leading to the avoidance of critical preventive and therapeutic dental care. Sedation dentistry emerges as an effective solution to make patients feel safe and comfortable during their dental procedures.

Sedation Dentistry in the East Valley

At Smiles Of Chandler, our commitment to your comfort extends to the East Valley community. Dr. Heaton specializes in addressing dental anxiety through sedation dentistry, ensuring that you receive the necessary care without unnecessary stress.

Methods of Sedation

Inhalation Sedation

One of the methods Dr. Heaton employs is Inhalation Sedation. This involves using a nosepiece that administers a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen for the patient to breathe. The purpose is to calm anxiety and reduce the sensation of pain. Importantly, patients remain fully conscious during the procedure, and the effects wear off rapidly afterward. A notable advantage is that, after a brief waiting period to ensure alertness, patients can safely drive themselves home, eliminating the need to inconvenience family or friends.

Oral Sedation

Another method employed is Oral Sedation, where patients are given an anti-anxiety pill (typically from the benzodiazepine class) to swallow before the procedure. The drug takes effect before the dental work begins, and depending on the administered drug, patients may have limited recollection of the appointment. However, a drawback is that the level of sedation cannot be adjusted, and patients must arrange for someone to drive them home.

IV Sedation Dentistry

For those seeking a more profound sedative effect, Dr. Heaton offers IV Sedation Dentistry. This method involves placing a needle into a vein in the hand or the inside of the arm at the elbow. A drug is then administered through a tube connected to a bag of saline solution. Despite the strong sedative effect, patients can still respond to instructions during the procedure. The rapid onset of the sedative effect provides a sensation similar to sleep, with patients often having no recollection of the procedure afterward. Similar to oral sedation, arranging for someone to drive you home is necessary, and additional monitoring assistance may be recommended post-procedure.


Sedation dentistry at Smiles Of Chandler, particularly in the East Valley, is a tailored solution to address dental anxiety and ensure you receive the necessary dental care without unnecessary stress. Dr. Heaton’s expertise in Inhalation Sedation, Oral Sedation, and IV Sedation Dentistry provides a range of options to meet individual comfort levels. Don’t let anxiety hinder your dental health – book an appointment with us and experience the difference that sedation dentistry can make. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.


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