Sedation Dentistry

Shrewsbury, Claywell & Oliver Dentistry are the only office in the area to offer Sedation Dentistry. We are only 1 of 25 offices state-wide who offer this service.

Types of Sedation Offered:

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide sedation Sometimes this method is referred to as “inhalation sedation”. A mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide gas is inhaled via a mask until the desired level of sedation is achieved. You experience an euphoric mild relaxation. You are aware of your surroundings, you are not sleeping and your senses, although altered, are active. Nitrous oxide is considered the mildest dental sedation method and is very safe. It is best utilized for patients with very mild degree of dental fear and anxiety. Patients are generally able to carry out normal daily functions (i.e. driving home or going to work) after their dental appointment. Only a few minutes of oxygen breathing is required for recovery.


Oral Dental Sedation

Oral dental sedation refers to utilizing an oral sedative in the form of a pill. Usually a benzodiazepine like Halcion (Triazolam) taken one hour prior to the procedure. The oral sedative is usually taken at the office under pulse oximetery monitoring that measures pulse, blood pressure and level of oxygen in the body (oxygen saturation) periodically. Oral sedation provides a deeper sense of relaxation and sedation than nitrous oxide depending on the dosage of oral sedative given. You may or may not sleep during oral sedation; in either case you can be awakened and responsive to verbal instructions under this type of sedation. Generally the oral sedative is given to the patient and then they will wait in the treatment room for 45-60 minutes until the sedative takes effect. There is a delayed recovery period up to 5 hours. The patient undergoing oral sedation must be accompanied by an escort to drive them home.


IV (Intravenous) Dental Sedation

IV dental sedation is delivered through your veins. Versed (Midazolam) and Fentanyl (Sublimaze) are the most commonly used drugs for dental IV sedation. With IV sedation, the level of sedation is readily and easily controlled and customized by your dentist in real time. This immediate ability to control and customize the level of sedation makes IV sedation safer and much more effective than oral sedation method. The desired effect which can be achieved within minutes. You will experience a deeper feeling of relaxation and sedation. You are more likely to sleep under IV sedation, however, you can be awakened and responsive to verbal instructions. IV dental sedation is much more effective than oral sedation due to the higher margin of safety and the ability to control the level of sedation. An escort is required to drive the patient home and there is a delayed recovery period for up to 5 hours or more depending on IV sedatives used. With IV sedation, anti-inflammatory and pain medication can easily be given since the IV route is available which translates to a much more comfortable recovery especially if surgery was part of the dental treatment provided under sedation.