Graceland Prairie Dental

685 Graceland Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60016

  (847) 512-4389

Graceland Prairie Dental


Sedation Learning Center


Our patient’s comfort and health is our number one priority, so we offer several sedation options to ease any patient during treatment.

We offer Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), Oral sedation and IV (intravenous) Sedation. Sedation is a great option for fearful adults, children, and patients with special needs.

Otherwise known as laughing gas, nitrous is administered through a facial mask during the time of your procedure. It provides a deep sense of relaxation. When your procedure is done, the mask will be removed and the effects should wear off quickly, allowing you to drive yourself home.

Oral sedation is otherwise known as conscious sedation, in which you will be very relaxed, but you will still be awake. We will give you a pill prior to your appointment. You may only recollect some of the procedure. You will need a friend or family member to take you to your appointment and drive you home afterwards.

Intravenous sedation is sometimes also referred to as “sleep” dentistry, because patients who undergo IV sedation fall into a deep state of relaxation, and may have only partial memory from the procedure, or none at all. IV sedation is the deepest form of sedation. It is very safe, and administered by a professional who will closely monitor your vital signs. After your procedure, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home. You will need to relax for the rest of the day.

Most patients wake up feeling relaxed with almost no memory of their treatment. In most cases you will not feel anything. You will experience very little discomfort.

No, you will be conscious and responsive, just in a deep state of relaxation.

Yes, sedation dentistry is closely regulated by the law. Your doctor will help you decide which type of sedation is appropriate for you and will answer any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Barry is licensed by the state of Illinois in sedation dentistry. In 2004, he became Board Certificated by the College of Conscious Sedation.

The time it takes for the sedation to wear off depends on the type of sedation you receive, how long your treatment lasts, and how quickly your individual body recovers. With nitrous oxide, the sedation will wear off almost immediately. Oral and IV sedation take a few hours to wear off so for your safety, you must have someone accompany you to your appointment who can drive you home. Do not operate heavy machinery, drive, or drink after your appointment.

Sedation dentistry is great for fearful adults, children, and patients with special needs. If you experience fear or anxiety at the thought of visiting the dentist, ask your doctor about sedation options at your next appointment. Other cases where sedation can benefit you include: patients with PTSD from dental experiences, those with sensitive teeth or gag reflexes, sensitivity to noise or smells, and anyone that requires a more comfortable dental experience.

Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients that need to complete a lot of dental work in a short period of time. Sedation will allow us to complete complex or time-intensive treatments in one visit without the patient becoming fatigued. This is great for anyone who has trouble sitting still and calm for extended periods of time. You can complete all of your treatment in one visit, saving you time and money, and best of all you will wake up feeling relaxed.

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