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Sedation Dentistry

No Sights! No Sounds! No Fears!

More than 50% of Americans do not visit the dentist because they are fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. You are not alone! We’ve been providing sedation or sleep dentistry since 1980. Our caring staff will spend the time to understand your concerns. WE WILL NEVER EMBARRASS YOU!

Three Rivers Dental Group offers a variety of sedation dentistry techniques to make your visit pleasant, comfortable and anxiety-free. Different levels of sedation from mild, moderate to deep can be used depending on the patient’s needs. Before administering any sedative, our doctors will review your personal medical and dental history, and select the option best for you.

"I hadn’t been to the Dentist in 20+ years due to extreme fear and chose Three Rivers Dental for the Sedation Dentistry. I had 20+ years of work done with no sights or sounds."

Tessie, Apollo, PA

Sedation or Sleep Dentistry

Sedation dentistry helps apprehensive patients relax. Provided by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), sedation medicine is used to facilitate moderate to deep sleep during dental procedures. A major benefit is most patients have no memory of their dental treatment. Sedation dentistry eliminates the fear of pain and allows the dentist to provide all of your dental care in one visit. Recovery is quick and procedures take less time. 

Nitrous Oxide

Also known as laughing gas, dental nitrous oxide is a mild sedative administered and controlled during a dental procedure. A tingling sensation may be felt during initial sedation. Nitrous oxide elevates mood and creates a sense of well being. For patients with mild to moderate anxiety, it stimulates relaxation, relieves tension and reduces discomfort. When combined with wearing ”headphones,” patients can experience a very pleasant, stress-free dental visit.

Oral Sedation

Dental oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for moderately apprehensive patients. Oral medication is provided to patients prior to dental treatment in order to induce a mild to moderate state of sedation. Although oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses. This results in a relaxing dental visit and reduces the smells and noises associated with the dental procedure.

Smile Today!

When you come in for your appointment, we will go over all of the sedation options and guide you through the process. Our goal is to make you as relaxed as possible, with no anxiety. We invite you to come and experience firsthand the superior hometown dental care that keeps our patients coming back for more than 30 years.

No Sights! No Sounds! No Fears!


Pain Relief

Pain, arguably the number one reason people don’t like going to the dentist. With sedation dentistry, the pain is completely removed. The brain is unable to register pain while under the influence of sedatives and anesthetics.

Anxiety Relief

Sedation allows the patient to comfortably go through their procedures. Anxiety manifests on a spectrum. While some patients have just a little pre-procedure anxiety, some patients become completely overwhelmed with the fear that an oral procedure will be excruciating or possibly even go horribly wrong. This prevents many people from receiving care that they need.

Gag Reflex Suppression

A gag reflex is a good thing. The throat needs to be able to expel any intrusive, foreign object. However, if a patient is completely aware while a dentist is working in his mouth, the gag reflex can be a hindrance. Sometimes the dentist needs to go deep inside the oral cavity, and the gag reflex prevents that. The patient’s spasms can lead to damage, depending on what the dentist is doing. With sedation dentistry, this is no longer an issue as the gag reflex is paralyzed.

The Dentist Can Work Faster

If a patient is under the influence of powerful sedatives and anesthetics, he or she won’t be squirming in the chair while the dentist is trying to work. The dentist will be able to work faster and more efficiently because he or she doesn’t have to worry about a reaction to the procedure. This means he or she will be able to get you out of the chair and on the road to recovery that much quicker.

Anterograde Amnesia

While in many situations amnesia might not be the most desirable outcome, in sedation dentistry it is very desirable. The dentophobia many people have generally stems from an unpleasant experience, and the fear generally grows with each additional visit.

Sedation or sleep dentistry is perfectly safe for patients in good health. Before recommending sedation, our dentists will carefully review your health and medical history, adhering to the American Society of Anesthesiologists' requirements for sleep dentistry.

Our experts at Three Rivers Dental Group are trained in accordance with American Dental Association standards and always put patient health and well being first. 

Oral Sedation

This type of sedation is for minimal relief and is done by taking a pill. The dosage will fluctuate based on the procedure being done. This pill is usually taken an hour before the procedure. You will still be awake after you take this pill but you will be feeling drowsy. Some people begin to feel groggy and sometimes even fall asleep on this type of sedation. With a gentle shake, people can be woken up.

Inhaled Minimal Sedation

Otherwise known as laughing gas, this type of sedation helps you relax. The dentist can also control how much sedation you receive. Since the gas tends to wear off quickly, this is the only sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.

IV Moderate Sedation

Since this type of sedation is introduced through your vein, it acts quickly to help you relax. During this treatment, your dentist is able to continually adjust the level.

Deep Sedation

During this procedure, you will receive medications that can make you almost unconscious or deeply asleep. You cannot be easily awakened until the effects of the medicine wear off. This sedation can also be reversed with other medications.

Sedation is possible for patients with extreme anxiety or heightened sensitivity or pain, even during regular teeth cleaning. Sedation helps patients breathe easier and relax during dental procedures. Methods of delivery can be adjusted based on the intensity of the procedure.