Sedation Dentistry From Your Dentists in Rochester


A technique that can be used to help patients feel more relaxed during dental treatments and procedures, there are different types and levels of dental sedation, with each offering a series of unique benefits. At Cornerstone Dental, we’re proud to offer our patients oral and IV sedation.

What is dental sedation?

A safe and effective way to calm patients during routine cleanings, fillings, and extractions, as well as more complex procedures, such as root canal therapy, dental sedation uses varying levels of medication to help a patient receive the care they need to keep their smile healthy.

Who can benefit from dental sedation?

Dental sedation is a great option for patients who experience dental anxiety or fear. It can also be used for patients who have a sensitive gag reflex or who need to have multiple dental procedures done at one time.

What's the difference between oral and IV sedation?

Oral sedation is taken in pill form and works to relax patients quickly. The medication used for oral sedation belongs to the benzodiazepine family and typically starts working within 30 minutes. IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream via a vein and takes effect almost immediately.

It's important to note that while both oral and IV sedation can help you feel calm and relaxed, you will not be put to sleep. You will still be able to respond to questions and follow directions given by your dental team.

What are the side effects of dental sedation?

The most common side effect of dental sedation is drowsiness. For this reason, it's important that patients who undergo dental sedation do not drive once their appointment is complete. Other possible side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache

Have additional questions about dental sedation and whether it might be right for you? Call us today to discuss!


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  • Utilize a sedation option that’s best for you
  • Make dental treatments or procedures more comfortable
  • Have multiple restorations performed in one visit
  • Experience less discomfort after a treatment or procedure
  • Prioritize your oral health!