Sedation Dentistry

We use advanced sedation dentistry for a variety of procedures to ensure you are comfortable, calm, and relaxed through your treatment or procedure. Our team will work closely with you to assess what fears you may have and determine a treatment option that feels comfortable for you.

Dental sedation is the use of medicine to reduce physical pain associated with treatment or to reduce anxiety and help you feel more relaxed while dental work is being completed. This makes the experience more pleasant and ensures our staff can perform their duties more effectively. We offer dental sedation in local anesthesia, oral conscious sedation, laughing gas (nitrous oxide), and IV sedation.

IV Sedation Dentistry, also known as Conscious Sedation Dentistry, is a very safe and effective way to relieve anxiety associated with being at the dentist. Small incremental doses of relaxation medicine are given until you are completely relaxed and will have virtually no memory of the procedure.

We offer IV Sedation in all of our Ohio locations—Blue Ash, Batavia, and Lebanon. Contact the location nearest you with any questions or fill out our online form to request an appointment.

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Hear from Dr. Moorehead on what to expect with IV sedation and how to prepare for your appointment. 

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

We aim to provide high-quality dental care that’s affordable for our patients at each of our locations in Blue Ash, Batavia, and Lebanon, Ohio. The cost for dental sedation varies based on sedation type, how long you will be sedated, and your insurance coverage at the time of the procedure. Our office is happy to provide out-of-pocket estimates for your treatment—during your visit or over the phone.

  • Nitrous Oxide: $72 / appointment
  • IV Sedation: $173 / 15 minutes

Most procedures where IV Sedation is used can be completed within 1 hour. 

Certain PPO plans may cover up to 100%.

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Types of Sedation Dentistry

  • Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a safe, simple sedation technique where patients inhale nitrous oxide for a few minutes before a procedure. After ~5 minutes most people experience a reduced feeling of sensations, particularly pain, pressure, and anxiety. This short-acting pain reliever wears off ~5 minutes after the procedure ends so you can drive to and from your appointment on your own.
  • Oral sedation is a deeper level of sedation where a patient takes the medication before their appointment—anywhere from 12 hours to 1 hour before. A doctor will instruct the patient on when to take the medication and by the appointment time, the medication will take effect. This results in an appointment where the patient is sleepy and feels no pain or sensations. Because this option is slightly risker, it is only available for generally healthy people that have a driver to bring them to and from the appointment.
  • IV sedation is the safest sedation option because medications can be tailored quickly to each patient’s needs. The patient will feel a small pinch in the arm and then the medications will create a full-sleep appointment with no memory of the procedure for the patient. This option is also only available for healthy individuals with no major health conditions who have a driver to and from the appointment.

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IV Sedation Dentistry: What to Expect

IV sedation does a great job of managing both pain and anxiety, takes effect very quickly, and wears off in a timely manner. This is the sedation method used for most oral surgeries.

During this procedure, small amounts of medication are given through an IV line to produce a state of complete relaxation. You will have no memory of the procedure and will feel no pain. Throughout the procedure, you will be connected to a state-of-the-art monitor that will continuously assess your vital signs such as breathing sounds (Bluetooth laryngeal stethoscope), oxygenation (pulse oximetry), heart rhythms (EKG or ECG), and blood pressure, all of which help ensure a completely safe procedure.

If you’re preparing for a procedure with IV sedation please ensure you follow our instructions:

  • Please ensure you are healthy. If any symptoms of a head or chest cold are present prior to your appointment, we may want to reschedule your procedure.
  • 6 hour fast. Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to the appointment. The only exception to this is if you are diabetic—your doctor will give you specific instructions on eating/drinking limitations. 
  • Dress comfortably. No tight clothes or long-sleeved tops as access to the arm is needed for the blood pressure cuff.
  • Must have a designated driver. Someone will need to drive you to your appointment and drive you home. This person MUST remain in the office or vehicle during the procedure and we ask they do not run any errands during this time. This person is your responsible party.
    • If you are under the age of 19, this must be your parent or guardian.
  • Designate a caretaker. We ask that someone remains with you for at least 4 hours following the procedure.
  • For 24 hours, no driving, operating machinery

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