Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Solutions for Anxiety-Free Visits

A high number of people choose not to visit the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings because they suffer from dental anxiety.
At EastVan Dental, we understand the dentist office can be a scary place, and so we take extra measures to ensure all our patients are as comfortable as they can every time they come in.
This includes comfort aids such as sedation for patients to make their visit more enjoyable and less anxiety-provoking.
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Types of Sedation



Oral medication in pill form (Ativan, Rezipan) is provided prior to treatment. This type of sedation does not cause sleep but rather dulls the senses so that the patient is fully awake, yet more relaxed.


The patient is fully conscious but may not remember the procedure. Slurring of words following the procedure is also common.


The patient is close to a state of unconsciousness, but can still be woken if needed.

General Anesthetic

Generally used during longer medical procedures. The patient is in a deep sleep throughout the procedure and shortly afterwards.

Are there any side effects to sedation?

It is very important that we have your medical history up to date so that we are aware of any medications you are taking and any potential allergies before we administer any sedation. Be mindful of any potential side effects even though dental sedation is usually very safe and beneficial.

Some typical side effects may include:
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You may feel sleepy or lightheaded and need someone to drive you home as the sedative effects can last for hours.

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Nausea or Vomiting

Oral sedatives might upset your stomach, though it's not guaranteed. To minimize the risk of nausea, avoid eating for several hours before your appointment.

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Memory Loss

You may temporarily forget parts of the procedure due to the sedative.

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Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions to dental sedation drugs are rare, but disclose any allergies to your dentist beforehand.

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Slowed Reflexes

Your coordination may be impaired, so take it easy and avoid activities that require quick reflexes.

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