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Sedation Dentistry



Once you've experienced sedation dentistry with Dr. Gist, you may see that your anxiety of the dental environment slowly goes away! Fear of dental treatment may come from many different and long lasting experiences.

Our teams goal is to support and encourage you to improve your confidence in having your restorative / cosmetic dentistry accomplished in a predictably safe and comfortable manor. Medications can assist with this process, but the emotional support by a caring dental team that cares about your well being is what changes lives and moves patients past their previous negative dental experiences for the better... and that is the truth!

Our Oral Sedation Protocol is simple, predictable and safe. You will be lightly to moderately sedated using a very safe and time tested oral medication, that is generally taken the night before and the morning of your procedure.

Because you are completely comfortable, Dr. Gist can accomplish years of restorative dentistry in as little as one or two visits. Our Oral Sedation Protocol is perfect for extremely busy patients that also desire to have their dentistry done in as efficient manor possible! Imagine being able to smile with confidence and chew your food without pain. No wonder so many patients say: "Thank you, Dr. Gist. Sedation dentistry changed my life."


Dr. Gist will give you a small pill to take the night before your restorative procedures so you can sleep very well, and then you will take another pill an hour prior to your dental appointment. Your companion will drive and accompany you to the office. By the time you arrive, you will be drowsy and relaxed.

You will then be escorted into our extremely spacious and comfortable treatment operatories with picturesque ceiling to floor windows. Our team will cover you with a warm blanket and you will be placed on a monitor to watch your vital signs. After you are comfortable, Dr. Gist and our experienced clinical team will take care of your dental needs in a comfortable and caring manor.

When your treatment is completed, your personal clinical assistant will go over very specific home care instructions with your ‘responsible companion’ that will then drive you home. You will then receive an ‘after hours – care call’ that evening from your clinical assistant, just to make sure you are doing as well as expected.


Many patients say that they have little or no memory of the experience, won’t remember sounds or smells, and are able to sleep soundly the night after their dental care.

Complex dental treatments that often require six to eight appointments, can be done in as little as one or two visits! Also, people who have difficulty getting profoundly numb, generally do much better with anesthesia while under oral sedation! This can do wonders in breaking the ‘Cycle of Fear’ in many patients, as they realize that they can truly be comfortable while having needed or elective dentistry accomplished!

Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.




  • High fear
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Limited time to complete dental care


  • Hate needles and shots
  • Hate the noises, smells and taste associated with dental care.
  • Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth

Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during their treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards.

No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, and you will be responsive.

Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.

Depending on your needs, from two to six hours.

Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.