What keeps you from visiting the dentist?

Fear or anxiety about pain and discomfort?

Sedation Dentistry Patient Resources

IV Sedation Consent Form (PDF)

Post-Op Escort Instructions (PDF)

Does the pure thought of the dentist make you shiver? Constantly putting off your dental exams? 

Don't let this be an obstacle to achieving the oral health you want and know you need. Putting off needed dental treatment only leads to bigger problems and more expensive solutions.

At Peak Health Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry, so that you can be very relaxed and comfortable through your dental procedures. Sedation dentistry also allows us to perform complex procedures in less time, which often allows us to get more necessary treatment done in fewer appointments.

Sedation dentistry allows us to perform complex procedures in less time, which often allows us to get more necessary treatment done in fewer appointments.

Anxiety-free Sleep dentistry in East Anchorage

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When you come in for your appointment, we will go over all of the sedation options and walk you through the process. Our goal is for you to be as relaxed as possible, with no anxiety.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, or sleep dentistry, allows dental offices to assist in managing patients’ fears and phobias through anesthetics. Dental Anesthesia is given to a patient prior to having dental work done to dull pain, relax and ease anxiety. A sedation dentist’s techniques vary depending on the patient, work being done and often time age.

How does sedation dentistry work?

Here is an overview:

  • Most adults and youth older than 15 can take advantage of sedation dentistry, especially for major or complicated dental procedures to correct oral health issues.  For children under 15 years old we offer Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas/Space Gas) to help relax them.

  • Your Dentist and you will decide which sedation option would be best for you.

  • If you chose to be moderately sedated, you will maintain a level of conscious sedation that allows you to cooperate and remain responsive during the dental appointment, while being in a sedated and very relaxed state.  Most of our patients say they don’t remember much of the appointment, if any.

  • You will need a family member or a responsible adult to accompany you to the appointment and care for you after.  The exception to this is if you elect to only use Nitrous Oxide as a mild sedative, in which case you can, except in rare cases, be back to feeling normal within 5-10 minutes.

  • Any health issues should be thoroughly discussed with your dentist before sedation dentistry is attempted.  For every appointment that involves any sedation, besides Nitrous Oxide, you will have a pre-op appointment and can discuss any health concerns with your dentist.

  • Full disclosure of medications you are taking will help avoid any complications with sedation.

  • Please review our forms, found by clicking on the IV Sedation Consent Form (PDF) and Post-Op Escort Instructions (PDF) links

Most people with dental phobia or low tolerance for pain are likely candidates for this type of gentle dentistry. Don't let fear keep you from the smile you deserve.  

Make an introductory appointment with Peak Health Dentistry and we can advise whether you are a good candidate for dental sedation.

Why choose a skilled Sedation dentist?

A sedation dentist like Dr. Ben Mishler can make your dental visit more pleasant by reducing anxiety and improving pain control. There is a common misunderstanding that being sedated is equivalent to Sleep Dentistry.  They are not the same and most Dentist are not qualified to put people to “sleep” (i.e. General Anesthesia) and in most cases it is not necessary or even wise to have general anesthesia in a dental setting.  The purpose of Sedation Dentistry is to make you relaxed, sedate, apathetic, yet NOT asleep. If you want to be completely asleep, general anesthesia is necessary.  Having said that, many patients who have been moderately sedated have the feeling that they were put to sleep because they often don’t remember much the appointment.

What Sedation is used for Dentistry?

Dental Sedation Choices

Several different sedation options are available to you; they differ in ease of administration,

predictability, depth of sedation, and cost. Your doctor can describe the pros and cons of each.

  • Oral sedation (tablets or liquid, swallowed or held under your tongue)

  • Nitrous Oxide (“laughing gas”) via a nose mask

  • Intravenous sedation (minimal to moderate) via medications given in a vein

  • Combinations of the above

  • General Anesthesia (technically not sedation)

Is dental sedation safe?

The following are recognized benefits of sedative medications

  • Safe medications that are well-researched, simple to administer, and work quickly

  • They provide relaxation, decreased anxiety, and sleepiness

  • Some cause partial to profound amnesia of the visit, which can be very appealing. This effect is

  • unpredictable. Assume you may have significant memory loss for 24-48 hours

  • Less expensive and invasive than general anesthesia

Learn more about sedation dentistry and what questions to ask your dentist at the American Dental Association.