Painless dental care through sedation dentistry

Otsego Dental provides pain-free, stress-free sedation dentistry. Our entire patient approach focuses on comfortable surroundings, treatments and care, so when it’s appropriate, we include medications to help patients avoid discomfort during and after procedures.

Sedation dentistry is ideal for people who have had stressful, painful dental experiences, people with special needs and patients undergoing lengthy and/or complex dental procedures. Each patient receives the sedation medication to fit his or her situation, from anti-anxiety medication to general anesthesia. We may administer your sedation medications through liquid or pill form, inhalation of nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV or “no needle” approaches. When administered by our trained dental care professionals, sedation dentistry is a safe, effective way to help patients get effective, comfortable dental care.


What is nitrous?

Nitrous Oxide is a colorless and nearly odorless gas used in dentistry to reduce anxiety, pain and gagging during procedures. You may know it under its more common name – laughing gas. It is delivered via tubing connected to a small “mask” that is placed over your nose, and offers varying degrees of sedation that range from mild tingling and euphoria to drowsiness.

You’ve likely heard of nitrous oxide before, and perhaps even benefited from it in the past if you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed … after all, it has been a fixture in dentistry since its discovery in 1772! Most people don’t realize, however, that it can be used for all types of procedures – even cleanings – given the degrees of flexible sedation it provides. This is great for those who need to take the edge off of their dental anxiety.

What is sedation?

The type of sedation we offer to our patients is IV conscious sedation. Conscious sedation is achieved through administering a medication (midazolam) through an IV prior to the start of a procedure. This in turn places you in a state of relaxation and often times a nap. This allows the dental team to start and complete your treatment. The best part? Our patients have little memory of the event or recall interactions with the dental staff.

Before we set up your treatment with sedation we like our patients to come in for a free consultation with Dr. Sheils to discuss treatment and sedation options!

Already have an appointment for sedation?

Here is what we tell all of our patients to do before their appointment to ensure everything runs smoothly:

  • Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours before your appointment.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and a short sleeve shirt.
  • Have a family member or friend drive you home (not uber or a taxi.)
  • Inform the doctor if you have consumed any: Alcohol, aspirin, birth control, coffee, tea, cigarettes, recreational drugs, and over the counter drugs.

Until 24 hours after your appointment please refrain from doing:

  • Any driving
  • Take sedatives unless directed by your medical doctor or Dr. Sheils
  • Drink alcohol
  • Perform any strenuous activity
  • Eat a heavy meal

If a feeling of nausea develops after sedation we suggest to lay down for a while, or drink a glass of cola. If you have more questions or unusual problems arise please contact our office.