Sedation Dentistry in Rochester, MN

Are you afraid to go to the dentist? In fact, does the word “dentist” or “cavity” scare you? Do you avoid treatment because of this fear? It is important that you are not suffering with cavities or gum disease because of your fear. The team at Northwest Dental Group is proud to offer sedation dentistry in Rochester, MN for all of your dental needs. Whether it’s for a simple filling or a more complex procedure, we’re here to keep you relaxed while you enjoy a painless treatment.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Yes. Sedation dentistry is a safe procedure that allows you to receive the treatment that you need. When you receive sedation, you are able to relax and calm down while your treatment is being performed, and you will remember little to nothing of your procedure afterward. We offer the following types of sedation in house:

1. Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is one of the most common forms of sedation relied upon. The option is safe for both children and adults. This nitrous oxide gas is mixed with oxygen to create a relaxing mixture that is delivered to you through a mask placed over your nose. Almost immediately, you will begin to feel light and carefree.

Throughout the procedure, you will remain awake and will be able to communicate with the dentist should something not feel right, if you need a break, or if you need to ask or answer a question. Once the treatment is done, the mask is removed and you can go about your day like normal. There are no lasting effects.

2. Pre-Op Sedative


So we have lots of different versions of sedation and I always tell people it’s kind of in steps. One of the disadvantages, I do do IV conscious sedation, so with that, most patients don’t remember their appointment, however, they will be able to talk to me the entire time. The disadvantage of that is you don’t get to know me, you don’t get to know my staff and once you build up those relationships, then it makes it easier to trust us and you feel safe with us. So we will start that to get the major stuff done and then we will kind of work our way down, building that trust and building that rapport so if some emergency does happen, I get to go see Dr. Post, I get to go to Northwest Dental Group and the doctors there will take care of me. So after we do that, then we will try things that are oral sedatives that can just help you relax and it’s just a little pill that you take that makes you nice and comfortable. After that we can do Nitrous which Nitrous is a great, easy way. You can breath it in and it is a really effective for kids, really effective, and it just makes them feel relaxed, happy, people think my jokes are funny. As soon as we shut it off, it goes out of your system and you are safe to drive, which is really nice and convenient.

A pre-op sedative is a bit different than traditional oral sedation. Before your procedure, we will give you a sedative that works as a mild relaxer. Your body will feel relaxed and you will be able to have the procedure performed without any problems. You will be awake throughout the treatment, but you may doze off, and this is normal.

You will be monitored to make sure you are in good health throughout the time you are sedated. This method is often used when you have a mild fear of the dentist and could use an extra hand in relaxation.

3. Oral Sedation

Oral sedation may be used when you have a moderate fear of the dentist. This form is similar to the pre-op sedative in that you will be given a pill. You will need to take the pill prior to your appointment according to instructions. This option is stronger than the pre-op pill.

Throughout your procedure, you will be awake, but many people find they relax enough to fall asleep. You will be monitored by the dentist and staff while they are working on your teeth. After treatment, you will need someone to drive you home in case the effects have not worn off

Schedule an Appointment Now

If you are interested in learning more about our sedation dentistry in Rochester, MN, please call our office at 507-216-6252 to speak to one of our staff or to schedule an appointment. You can also fill out our online form, and one of our team members will call you back shortly to confirm an appointment time.