Learn More About Sedation Options

If you have ever hesitated to schedule dental care, you may have already learned a thing or two about the benefits of sedation dentistry. You probably know that it is appropriate for a wide variety of concerns, including dental anxiety, a severe gag reflex, or the need to undergo a lot of dental work within one sitting. Sedation is also appropriate for a variety of treatments, from something as simple as a dental cleaning to something more complex like root canal therapy. If sedation sounds like something that may improve your experience, you may wish to know more about your particular options. Consider the following breakdown:

Sedation Dentistry Options

  • Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is a gas that we will administer through a mask we place over your nose. You will simply inhale the gas, which offers almost immediate calming effects. Coined “laughing gas” because it may cause you to feel a case of the giggles coming on, it will offer relaxation and analgesic effects. This is often ideal for patients who dislike needles. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly once we finish administering it, so you can drive yourself home after your visit.
  • Oral Sedation: Oral sedation requires you to take a pill that you will swallow before your treatment. The sedative relaxes your central nervous system, allowing you to achieve a deep state of tranquility. Because it will take a while to leave your system, you will need a friend or loved one to drive your home after your visit. This form of sedation dentistry is also appropriate for needle-phobic individuals.
  • Oral Sedation and Nitrous Oxide: For patients who enjoy the deep relaxation of a sedative pill but who desire a slightly deeper state of calm without the need for IV sedation, this combination may offer a wonderful solution.
  • IV Sedation: This form of sedation is administered through a tiny needle that we will place in your hand or arm. You will not fall asleep as a result of IV sedation, but you will experience the deepest state of relaxation.


Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.