Sedation Dentistry

Experience the relief of sedation dentistry at Amazing Smiles in Tinley Park, IL, where we utilize nitrous oxide and oral sedation to keep patients calm and relaxed during treatment. Opt for a stress-free procedure with our expert sedation options, ensuring a pain-free and anxiety-free experience tailored to your needs.

Sedation Dentistry in Tinley Park, IL

Sedation dentistry at Amazing Smiles in Tinley Park, IL, offers a calming solution for those with dental anxiety, ensuring a stress-free experience during procedures. This approach enables patients to receive necessary dental care in a comfortable environment, particularly benefiting those who might typically avoid the dentist due to fear. Amazing Smiles provides two main types of sedation: nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for mild sedation and oral sedation for a deeper state of relaxation, both aimed at making dental visits more pleasant without the use of intravenous drugs. With these options, patients can significantly reduce their anxiety, with some not remembering the procedure details afterward. Choosing Amazing Smiles means opting for a pain-free, anxiety-free dental experience, whether through laughing gas or oral sedation.

woman receiving dental sedation
  • What type of anesthesia are used for dental work?

    Anesthesia for dental work can be categorized into several types to manage pain and anxiety during procedures. Here are the primary types used:

    1. Local Anesthesia: This is the most common type of anesthesia used in dentistry. It numbs a specific area of the mouth and is used for procedures such as fillings, root canals, or gum surgery. Local anesthetics such as lidocaine are injected near the site of the procedure.
    2. Nitrous Oxide: Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that helps relax patients during dental procedures. It’s inhaled through a mask and helps to reduce anxiety and pain. The effects wear off quickly once the mask is removed.
    3. Oral Sedation: This involves taking a sedative pill before the dental procedure to induce moderate sedation. While you remain awake, you become much less aware of the procedure and may not remember much of it afterwards.
    4. Intravenous (IV) Sedation: Administered through a vein, IV sedation allows deeper sedation levels, which can be adjusted during the procedure. Patients under IV sedation may be semi-conscious or in a deeper state of relaxation and have little recollection of the procedure.
    5. General Anesthesia: Used for more extensive dental surgeries or for patients with extreme anxiety, general anesthesia renders the patient completely unconscious. This type of anesthesia is typically administered in a hospital setting or specialized clinic.

    Each type of anesthesia is chosen based on the specific needs of the patient and the complexity of the dental procedure to be performed.

  • What is laughing gas and what does it do?

    Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a colorless, sweet-smelling gas used as a sedative in dental procedures. Administered through a nose mask, it quickly induces a calming effect and a sense of euphoria, helping to reduce anxiety and increase pain tolerance. Its effects are mild and easily reversible, allowing patients to recover quickly and resume normal activities shortly after the procedure. This makes it a popular choice for managing pain and anxiety, particularly in patients who are apprehensive about dental work.

  • Is sedation dentistry safe?

    Yes, when administered by experienced professionals, sedation dentistry is safe. Dentists are trained to choose the type of sedation that best meets the patient’s needs and to monitor patients closely during the procedure.

  • Can I drive after receiving sedation dentistry?

    For lighter sedation methods like nitrous oxide, you may drive after the effects have worn off. However, for oral sedation and IV sedation, you will need someone to drive you home, as the effects can take several hours to fully dissipate.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about dental sedation and the procedures used by Amazing Smiles, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Amazing Smiles

16532 Oak Park Ave. Ste 200.
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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Monday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (the 3rd Saturday of the month)


(708) 444-7645