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Sedation Dentistry – Lansing, MI

Have a Relaxing Time
at the Dentist’s Office

Many children and adults alike have a fear of the dentist, and sometimes that can lead them to avoid dental care even when it’s badly needed. Our staff at Healthy Smiles Dental Care will do everything they can to make you feel at home during your appointment, but for those that need a little extra help staying calm during treatment, we offer a number of sedation options. Be sure to ask about our options for sedation dentistry in Lansing, MI when you call our dental office to schedule your next visit.

Why Choose Healthy Smiles Dental Care for Sedation Dentistry?

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Oral Conscious Sedation

Woman taking oral conscious dental sedation pill

At our office in Lansing, we offer oral conscious sedation treatments in the form of a pill. All you’ll have to do is take it about an hour before your appointment, and you should start to feel calm and relaxed by the time you arrive. This treatment allows you to achieve a deeper state of relaxation than with nitrous oxide, and you’ll remain conscious and able to respond to questions and instructions. However, you may have difficulty remembering your appointment afterward. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this treatment.

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?


Oral conscious sedation involves no needles or face masks and is often recommended for adults who have fear, anxiety, nervousness, a strong gag reflex, or anything else that makes dental treatment uncomfortable. You’ll receive a small pill such as Valium, Ativan, or Halcion to be taken before your appointment. Depending on the drug prescribed, the effects will last through your entire appointment and can begin to take effect about fifteen minutes after ingestion.

How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

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Since the effects of oral conscious sedation will last through your entire appointment, you’ll need to have a trusted individual there to transport you to and from our office. As soon as the drug takes effect, you will begin to feel deeply relaxed and calm, and you will be unlikely to be able to remember the appointment afterward, which is preferable for some people. While you’ll feel calm and relaxed, you will also be able to answer questions and respond to instructions. While you are sedated, the dental team will continuously monitor you to ensure your safety.

Are You a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

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Many people have difficulty with sitting through their dental appointments for one reason or another, and sedation treatments can make it much easier for them to receive needed dental attention. Oral conscious sedation can be great for a patient who:

  • Is nervous, anxious, or fearful about seeing the dentist
  • Regularly cancels or reschedules necessary dental appointments due to anxiety about receiving bad news
  • Has a sensitive gag reflex
  • Will be undergoing a lengthy treatment or multiple treatments in one appointment
  • Has trouble holding their mouth open for long periods or sitting still in the treatment chair
  • Can’t achieve the desired results with local anesthesia
  • Has had unpleasant experiences at dentist’s offices in the past

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

Patient with nitrous oxide dental sedation mask

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a particularly well-known type of sedation that is delivered through a special nasal mask. It can be used to help relieve pain and keep patients calm during a given procedure. We’ll carefully monitor you throughout the visit to make sure that you are receiving the right amount of gas at all times. The effects of the gas go away quickly after the mask has been removed, meaning you can move on with the rest of your day as normal.

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