Sedation Dentistry


We use sedation dentistry to provide a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients with special needs. Also known as relaxation dentistry, sedation dentistry is used to manage anxiety and pain during treatment by using medication.

Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures. It is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit.

You can benefit from sedation dentistry if you:

  • have sensitive teeth
  • are very fearful of dental care
  • are receiving treatment for complex dental problems
  • have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • are fearful of needles and getting shots
  • experience difficulty getting numb

We offer oral conscious sedation and inhalation sedation. Oral conscious sedation will help you to become deeply relaxed, however you will remain conscious. Dr. Markiewicz will give you an oral medication that is safe and easy to swallow. Typically, adult patients receive Halcion (Triazolam). We usually give children a liquid sedative, such as Versed (Midazolam). When you receive the sedative, you will still be able to speak and respond to questions during treatment, and express any pain or discomfort.

Inhalation sedation is a combination of Nitrous Onside, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” and oxygen. This type of sedation causes the body to achieve a relaxed state. This is the most popular method of sedation.

Before using a sedative, please tell Dr. Markiewicz about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative, we will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.