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Sedation/Comfort

For some, just the thought of dental visits causes fear and anxiety. Whether because of previous trauma, significant needs, or other reasons, some patients prefer to utilize care options which allow them to relax and even nap through dental treatment.

Dr. Kern is an expert in sedation dentistry. She has completed rigorous, post-doctoral training with the Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation organization and is Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) certified.

With OCS, a pill is taken about an hour before treatment, making the patient feel relaxed and somewhat sleepy. Upon arrival, our team takes great care of the patient, assessing response to the medication. If additional medication is needed, we administer it at the practice.

Before treatment begins, our care team makes certain the OCS patient is comfortable and ready to move forward with treatment. During treatment, most patients fall into a “dozing” state, but remain responsive enough to answer our questions. Throughout the process, our care team monitors blood pressure, oxygen intake and heart rate. Once treatment is complete, a specially trained care team member stays with the patient until he or she is alert and ready to go home with a companion.

If you have put off dental visits because of fear or anxiety, we encourage you to contact our team today. We believe our gentle approach to care and the options we provide will help you feel better and smile more.


Oral Sedation

Anxiety prevents up to 50% of the population from getting needed dental care. Simple oral medications taken shortly before an appointment can take the edge off, removing the barrier to a healthier you.

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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, an inhalation sedative, brings one of the safest and easiest sedation techniques to nearly any procedure. Patients from young to old may benefit from a dose obtained just by breathing in and out.

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