Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry at The Dental Emergency Room

Sedation dentistry is trusted by dentists all across the nation as one of the best ways to achieve a sense of comfort, calm and confidence while receiving necessary dental care. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake except for those who are under general anesthesia.

The levels of sedation used include:

• Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide -- otherwise known as "laughing gas" -- combined with oxygen through a mask that's placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
• Oral sedation. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it's usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake.

Advantages of Oral Sedation

• Easy to administer: Your dentist will prescribe a pill for you to keep you calm during the procedure. Oral sedation is the easiest sedation of the three because all you must do is swallow the pill an hour or so before your appointment, and you’ll be feeling relaxed by the time you arrive.
• No needles: Many patients that are afraid of the dentist also have a fear of needles, which are used when administering IV sedation. With oral sedation, however, the patient can take the sedative orally before the appointment without having to worry about being pricked by the dentist.
• Amnesia: The strong dosage of Benzodiazepines causes patients to have little to no memory of the procedure. This is great for patients suffering from dental fear because they’ll have no recollection of what went on while they were sedated.
• Safe: The oral sedatives are all regulated by the FDA, so it’s extremely unlikely for you to experience any dangerous side effects.
• Responsive: Although you may feel drowsy with pill sedation, you’ll still be awake and responsive. Since you’re awake during the procedure, you’ll still be able to listen and respond to your dentist’s instructions.
Using oral sedation techniques will allow patients to visit the dentist in a stress-reduced state, where their fear and anxiety would otherwise impede their ability to seek and maintain proper oral health care. To date, this modality has been proven to be not only safe but very effective.
For Sedation Dentistry related inquiries and consultations reach us at: (612) 800-8008.

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  • Hanna Henscheid

    This clinic is awesome. Dr. Alkabbani is really nice, and took his time to thoroughly explained the root canal procedure I needed beforehand. The hygienists and office staff were very helpful and kind too. It was great to be seen right away, and the root canal was significantly cheaper than the seven other specialists I called. I will definitely come back, and will recommend Dr. Alkabanni to my friends. Thanks!

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  • Cheryl Buzicky

    This place is wonderful. I cracked a tooth and had to get a root canal. Their prices were the same as my other dentist except I only had to wait a few days for an appointment instead of a few weeks! The procedure was painless and the Dr. Alkabbani was very pleasant. The staff was super helpful and even set up a payment plan with me since I couldn't afford the cost of the root canal up front. My new crown looks and fits so well no one can tell its fake! I will definitely continue coming here for my dental work.

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  • The More You Know

    I highly recommend The Dental Emergency Room! The professionalism of the staff, and the atmosphere are few of the many reasons that makes me a frequent patient here. I have already suggested this dental office to a few family and friends. I typically schedule online appointments on their website,and the process is super easy. I am always able to get an appointment time that is convenient for me, as I have a busy work schedule. I always receive awesome dental work here. As a current patient, I suggest that you check them out! You wont regret it.

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    They always make me feel like I'm special.. I love Dr. Alkabbani & his Staff! I recommend Dental Emergency 2 Young & Older

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  • Jeremy Hop

    This review coming from a person with Zero previous dental work, aside from regular cleaning. Professional, kind people. Got in at 9am left at 11. The paperwork took more time than the actual procedure. Had two bottom wisdom teeth pulled. Nervous as hell but made the process better. Many thanks for the great experience.

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    Absolutely the best of an unhappy experience. Let's face it. No one really "likes" going to the dentist. But new to town, a few weeks ago I chipped 2 teeth & they got me in right away were so nice and affordable. So I went there today for a long needed root canal & I was so pleased. They again were AMAZING. Id definitely recommend this clinic to anyone who would listen! Thank you to the Staff & Doctors!

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  • Todd Smith

    I went in on a Saturday expecting to wait forever. I was so impressed with the service I got. It took me longer to fill out the paperwork then it did for them to see me. Everyone was so professional and friendly, and they only charged for what was done. No hidden fees, or er extras. I will absolutely refer people here. I am going to become a regular patient myself, and I live about 3 hours away from them. Hands down the best dentist I have been to in a lot of years. Thank you guys so much.....

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  • Will Kessler

    Without question this is the best dental clinic I have ever been to. They were nice, fast and very knowledgeable. I got 3 wisdom teeth pulled in no time at all with no pain! I couldn't believe it. They even let me look at them when it was all over. Five stars team, really good work!

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  • Emily Carlisle

    Was able to get it quickly for an infected tooth that had kept me up all night. Loved the transparency before my exam. Hygienist was prompt and friendly, knew what she was doing! The doctor talked me through what could happen that day and what my options were down the road. When I got anxious during the extraction, they were both so kind and reassured me that everything was going normally and nothing was wrong. Would give 5 stars, but I'm not done recovering so I wanna wait and make sure. No regrets and thanks so much!

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    Muy buenos dentistas selos recomiendo...

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  • Matt Arradondo

    This place is very good!!!! I was a walk in so it took a lil longer than a apt. But I was able to call and walk in. They are all very nice. Got a wisdom tooth took out same Day. It was fast and little pain. The DRS ARE NICE AND DONT SCOLD YOU. I needed a stronger pain pill for my pain and called after hours. The DR let me stop by after hours to get a new prescription. But no pharmacy had the stuff he wrote for me. So I called back and get this. THE DR DROVE TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND MEET ME AT A PHARMACY AND GAVE ME A DIFFERENT PRESCRIPTION!!!! Who knows a dr that will do that!!!!!! This place is great. I will be having them do the rest of my dental work. I actually look forward TO going back!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE!!!!!!!

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  • Dave Pitsch

    Twice now we've needed their services, and twice they have come through with outstanding results. I'd absolutely highly recommend them to anyone having any dental emergencies, or even just needing a new dentist.

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  • Justin C. Grey Day

    Dr. Alkabbani is a great dentist. He's very thorough and respectful. His dental assistant, Ashley, is wonderful and they both make me feel good about coming in. The front desk clerk is very friendly and helpful. The dental work is always great. And I hope to continue having my dental work done here.

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  • Matt Wright

    Excellent service, reasonable prices. Dr. Alkabbani is kind and patient.

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  • Todd A. Smith

    AWESOME!!! I was so impressed by the staff and service, I will absolutely refer everyone I know to them. Went in on a Saturday as a walk-in with a broken tooth expecting to be there all day. In and out in less then 2 hours, and no hidden fees or charges. I live about 3 hours away, and have decided to become a regular patient. That's how impressed I was, and to be honest. I'm not a big fan of dentists.... Loved it here, thank you again guys.....

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  • Rebecca Angeline

    Great staff and service! Was able to get in within an hour of calling and the dentist was super kind and great to work with!

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