Skip directly to content

Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation at your Harrisonburg dentist

It is estimated that as much as 75% of U.S. adults experience some sort of dental fear. This anxiety is understandable; however it can also be very detrimental. Oral health depends upon early detection and prevention, and those with dental anxiety may develop serious teeth or periodontal problems that could have been prevented.

No need to worry though. With sedation dentistry, even those with high anxiety can now relax in peace as their dental problems are taken care of. At Harrisonburg SmileMakers in Harrisonburg, we strive to offer you ideal, stress-free care through sedation.

Oral Sedation

Imagine walking into Harrisonburg SmileMakers in Harrisonburg, sitting down, slowly relaxing into a dream-like state, and waking up with your dental problems corrected. This scenario is now completely possible with the oral sedation technique. It’s a rather simple process; you take a prescribed pill about an hour before your appointment which will initiate a sedate feeling once you arrive. This feeling will continue to set in and last throughout the treatment. You will wake refreshed without recalling much.

Patient Stories

See how SmileMakers' personal care and approach to sedation helped Ellie and Sandra relax and have their procedures completed in less time.




Questions and Answers

Why might I need Sedation Dentistry?

Fear has no boundaries. It affects all types of people. This is the reason 25% of the population avoids going to the dentist. We can make your dental experience positive regardless of your concerns!

Is it for you?

If you have a fear of dentists, sensitive teeth, hate needles, have a bad gag reflex or limited time to go to the dentist, Sedation Dentistry can help you. Sedation Dentistry places you in a cozy state of total relaxation. You will have little or no memory of the experience. And best of all..NO DISCOMFORT! We won't start your treatment until you are completely comfortable. Ask for sedation to eliminate your anxieties about dental care.

How long will it take?

By taking oral medication before your appointment you will be relaxed during any and all procedures. You must be accompanied to and from the appointment by a friend or loved one. Depending on your individual needs, you will be relaxed and sedated for a short or long visit. This may allow treatment requiring six or eight visits to be accomplished in as little as one.

Is it worth it?

Sedation Dentistry is a very safe and effective way to provide complex dental care with the greatest degree of comfort to adult patients who have anxieties and fears about their dental care.

Will I be unconscious?

No, you are in a state of light conscious sedation, you are responsive to verbal directions but tend not to remember the appointment.

Is it safe?

The medications we use are commonly prescribed sleeping medications. Over one million pills are safely taken daily. One of our team is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. Dr. Johnson holds licensure with the State of Virginia for moderate conscious sedation and ACLS certification (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) in addition to his extensive training and experience.