Special Needs
Occasionally a patient will need extensive dental care that requires sedation in a hospital setting. We are pleased that we have an arrangement with Riverland Medical Center that allows us to use their facilities. It’s only about a minute from our office. We also find this often works well in cases where children may need a lot of dental work, but may be difficult to treat.

We look forward to working with you to provide you with quality dental care in a comfortable, relaxed manner.
Dental Care in a Relaxing Environment
Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer a number of solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients who might otherwise avoid the dentist to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile. Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as described below.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas,” is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.

Oral Sedatives
This medication can be given to a patient the night before a dental procedure or 30 minutes to an hour prior to the dental appointment, depending on the severity of the anxiety. Oral sedatives do not provide pain relief, so an injection of local anesthetic will also be administered.