Sedation Dentistry



Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. When your treatment is complete, you have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting. We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows Dr. Denisse to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:

  • No memory of undergoing the procedure
  • No sense of time while under sedation
  • No sense of smell or sound
  • No fear or anxiety during treatment

Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

I am nervous about my child being unconscious. What levels of sedation are available to my child?

You may be nervous about your child having sedation dentistry at our Dental Studio, but we are licensed by the American Dental Association, and you will find that we are both caring and careful at all times.

Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and there are three sedative states at which Dr. Denisse can administer your treatment: mild sedation, moderate sedation, and deep sedation.

  • Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of mild to moderate sedation that results in relaxation during treatment.
  • Moderate Sedation — Used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures. With conscious sedation, you will remain awake throughout your procedure. It is recommended that patients who receive conscious sedation have a parent or legal guardian to accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off.
  • Deep Sedation —  The Dental Studio 4 Kids brings in a pediatric anesthesiologist for patients requiring more complex procedures with the use of light IV sedation. Patients often have no recollection of the treatment. It is recommended that patients who receive deep sedation have a parent or legal guardian to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off.
  • General Anesthesia — Dr. Denisse is credentialled with Tampa General Hospital and BayCare. When necessary, she will provide dental care under general anesthesia.

How are sedatives administered?

  • Inhalation — Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.
  • Oral and Nasal — An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. 

Please contact the Dental Studio 4 Kids to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method may be right for your child.