Get Your Facts Straight. A Quiz On Sedation Dentistry

Are you afraid of the dentist? Do you dread your visit even months beforehand? If so, you are not alone. Up to 15 percent of Americans suffer from some level of dental fear that causes them to avoid their dental appointments. It can be scary to sit in a chair for a period of time with your mouth open. You can feel vulnerable and as if your personal space is being invaded. There are a number of reasons people fear the dentist, but avoiding your appointments can be detrimental to your health, and not just your dental health. Here is a chance to get your facts straight by taking a fun quiz on sedation dentistry.  

Multiple Choice Quiz

1. Some types of dental sedation include:

A. IV sedation

B. Oral sedation

C. Nitrous oxide

D. All of the above

Oral sedation is:

A. Mixed with water

B. Usually in pill form

C. Administered in chewable form

D. None of the above

2. Nitrous oxide is also referred to as:

A. Sleeping serum

B. Laughing gas

C. Smelly gas

D. All of the above

3. Nitrous oxide is delivered via:

A. Pill form

B. Brownies

C. Face mask

D. All of the above


  1. D. Dental sedation options include all three types mentioned. However, if you fear needles, IV sedation–administered with a needle–is not for you. Oral sedation and nitrous oxide are good options for those with dental fear.
  2. B. Oral sedation is usually administered in pill form. Some of the medicines used include valium and ativan. Both provide a calm, relaxed feeling.
  3. B. Nitrous oxide is also called laughing gas because it makes people say silly things, and act giddy. It gives you a feeling of happiness and well-being.
  4. C. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas delivered via a small face mask. It works as you breathe.


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 welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.