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When Enough is Enough: The Art of Sedation Dentistry

dental anxietyAnxiety can run your life. With both clinical and situational based anxiety, patients can suffer from all ranges of anxiety. And as one of the largest situational barriers that cause anxiety for people, a visit to the dentist can get your mind running a mile a minute and your heart pounding just at the thought of sitting in the dental chair. However, with the development of sedation dentistry, patients at Dr. Paul Peterson’s office can sit comfortably in the dental chair for a cleaning without having to feel anxious the entire time. From simple laughing gas to full-fledged anesthesia, this article will discuss the different types of sedation dentistry and who they are ideal for.

Laughing Gas
As the mildest form of sedation dentistry, laughing gas is a non-invasive approach to help ease your anxiety before sitting in the dental chair to either have a procedure done or a simple dental cleaning. By only putting on a nose cone, you will slowly breathe in the laughing gas and it will help you to stay calm. And the best part is that there aren’t any side-effects and so you can drive yourself home from the procedure afterward.

Oral Sedation
The next “level” of sedation dentistry is oral sedation which usually involves some sort of medication like valium that you will take before you come to the dentist’s office. Drugs like valium work to help relax you and make you calm, and although you might feel a bit tired after you take it, you will be conscious the entire time.

Deep IV Sedation
The highest form of sedation dentistry involves the use of an anesthesiologist. It can be used for any dental procedure, but it is most commonly reserved for a longer dental visit. Dr. Peterson only works with the most qualified anesthesiologist, so you can be assured you are in safe hands.


NuCalm is a more natural alternative to relaxation. See their website here.

NuCalm® is a safe, proven neuroscience technology that quickly relaxes you without using narcotics or controlled substances. NuCalm naturally brings your body to the pre-sleep states characterized by deep relaxation and idleness.

NuCalm leverages biochemistry, neurophysiology, and physics to suspend the mind and body in parasympathetic nervous system dominance – the only state that allows your body to recover, heal, and rebuild.

NuCalm uses four components that work together to bring the body to a deep state of calm. It takes about 3 minutes to administer the NuCalm components. You will feel the relaxation effects in 3-5 minutes.


Dr. Paul Peterson wants you to feel comfortable and relaxed during your dental procedure. Whether you’re having a routine cleaning or you are undergoing a root canal, there is a type of sedation dentistry that will help you. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Paul Peterson’s office today!

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