Sedation Dentistry – Goodyear, AZ

We Specialize in Managing Dental Phobia

Relaxing dental patient at sedation dentistry visit

Sedation or “Twilight Dentistry” is a technique where clients are given medication that puts them in a sleepy but conscious state and numbs their senses in the mouth, so they experience a pain-free dental procedure. Clients find themselves in a ‘twilight state’ wherein they feel sleepy but are conscious, can follow simple instructions and can respond to the dentist. Most clients don’t remember the procedure or have any memory of the events immediately afterwards, thus contributing to the name ‘memory-free’ dentistry. Keep reading to learn more about options for sedation dentistry in our Goodyear, AZ dental office.

Why Choose Joshua Hong DDS for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Fast-Acting Nitrous Oxide Available
  • Convenient, Powerful Oral Conscious Sedation
  • IV Sedation for the Most Severe Dental Phobia Cases

Oral Conscious Dental Sedation

Dental patient taking oral conscious dental sedation pill

Through the use of prescribed medications, oral conscious sedation works to address moderate to severe levels of anxiety that may be felt during dental appointments. Ideally, these sedatives are taken at least one hour before an appointment to ensure you are properly sedated enough to undergo your upcoming treatment comfortably. Since the effects are generally more noticeable than other sedation options, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home to and from the smile studio for your safety.

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

Patient receiving nitrous oxide dental sedation treatment

Also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide sedation requires you to inhale a gaseous sedative made from nitrous oxide and oxygen. This is done through a nasal mask that is worn throughout the entire treatment process. As you gently inhale the sedative, it will help you relax almost instantly and Dr. Hong can continuously monitor the level of sedative being administered. The effect of gas wears off quickly after the procedure is completed, allowing you to get back to your regular activities almost instantly.

IV Dental Sedation

I V dental sedation drip

IV stands for “intravenous”, meaning the sedative is administered through the vein directly into the bloodstream. As a result, the effect of the sedative can be observed almost immediately, allowing Dr. Hong’s board-certified anesthesiologist to control the amount of sedative being administered throughout the entire procedure. Once the treatment is complete, you can expect the sedative to take at least 12 hours to wear off completely. This means you’ll need a ride to and from our smile studio to ensure you are safe after your appointment.