Sedation Dentistry in Tigard Oregon

Your dental visits should be as comfortable as possible, which is why we offer various sedation options to our patient family. You know that routine visits to your dentist can prevent many dental problems down the road, but for many patients even routine dental visits can be a cause of anxiety. We put your oral health and your comfort first so that any visit, from routine to advanced procedures, can be completed while you relax comfortably.

Who May Benefit from Sedation Dentistry:

  • Patients who fear needles
  • Patients who have difficulty becoming numb after Novocaine
  • Patients requiring multiple dental procedures
  • Patients who have had bad past experiences at the dentist
  • Patients that have a strong gag reflex
  • Patients suffering from other physical disabilities

Sedation dentistry is not for everyone, but for those who have been avoiding dental treatment because of fear, sedation dentistry is the solution they’ve been looking for.

Types of Sedation


Nitrous oxide is a proven relaxing agent that is fast-acting and quick-to-wear-off after your treatment. You will not lose consciousness and will be aware and able to talk to your dental team, but you will feel very comfortable and relaxed during treatment. If you are anxious about dental treatment, don’t let that keep you from getting the care you need.


How Oral Conscious Sedation Works
Following Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), Oral Conscious Sedation dentistry is now the most suggested dental sedation technique in the United States. The technique is easy and requires no needles. Perhaps the best feature of Oral Conscious Sedation is that the medications create such a comfortable experience that you probably will not remember the visit; it is as if you slept right through the treatment – what an amazing dental experience! However, in reality, oral conscious sedation dentistry permits a level of awareness for your safety and your cooperation.

Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation
One of the primary benefits of oral conscious sedation is, in many cases, your dentist at Dental Professionals can complete all of your dental work in one visit. Another benefit is, unlike general anesthesia, which renders patients unconscious, Oral Conscious Sedation allows you to be able to speak and breathe on your own during your dental procedure. Although you will not really be asleep, you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation — and probably will not remember much about the procedure afterwards. Your appointment will be a dream and the hours spent in the dental chair will feel like minutes.

Oral Conscious Sedation will put you at ease, so you experience little to no discomfort; however, your doctor will administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you do not experience any pain. At this point in the procedure, you will be so relaxed that you will hardly even notice your dentist at work.

What is the Procedure for Using Oral Conscious Sedation?
Two appointments are usually required for a procedure using oral conscious sedation. During your first visit, your doctor will take a detailed health history. If you are comfortable, he or she will perform a dental exam and take digital x-rays. Next, your doctor will provide a sedative medication to take an hour before your dental appointment.

For your next appointment, Dental Professionals asks that you have a companion bring you to and from the office and stay with you for the duration of the day. Once you arrive, you may take additional medication to ensure that you are in a tranquil state of mind. Our sedation team will monitor your comfort and vital statistics throughout your entire visit.

Whether you are anxious about going to the dentist or just too busy for multiple visits, Oral Conscious Sedation can be a great solution to getting all your dental work done during one visit – comfortably and stress free.


You can be perfectly relaxed during your trip to the dentist, even while undergoing treatment! For the fastest and most dramatic results, we offer IV Sedation Dentistry that is designed to relax you and make you more comfortable for complicated dental procedures. IV stands for intravenous, meaning the medication that helps sedate you is administered through the veins, eliminating your anxiety as well as pain. This method allows you to become relaxed at a much faster rate than with other sedation methods and recovery is much quicker.

Even if you’re afraid of needles, this needle is so small, most patients liken it to a tiny pinch or a pinprick as the insertion is made, usually at the top of the hand or within the inside of your elbow. A trusted dental anesthesiologist will administer and monitor the anesthesia while Dr. Houlihan performs the dental care. Should you choose IV sedation, they will be sure to create a comfortable experience for you.