With relaxation dentistry, you are given a small pill to take an hour prior to your dental appointment. You have a companion accompany you to the office and by the time you arrive, you will be very drowsy. When you arrive in our office, you will be escorted into the comfort room, covered with a thick, warm blanket and placed on a monitor to watch your vital signs. After you are comfortable, Dr. Cerniglia and his experienced clinical team will take care of your dental needs. When your treatment is completed, your companion will return you home to finish your comfortable, relaxing day.

Facts About Relaxation Dentistry

  • It really works! You really can relax through your dental appointment.
  • It is safe! You take a small pill prior to treatment, no intra-venous tubes or needles.
  • You will have little or no memory of the experience. You won't remember any sounds or smells.
  • You can relax for up to five to six hours after taking the pill. The time you are relaxing will vary depending on your needed treatment.
  • Complex dental treatments that often require six to eight appointments can be done in as little as one! All while you relax.
  • People who have difficulty getting numb have no problem when relaxed and relaxing.
  • Relaxation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.

Common Questions

Will I feel any pain?

No. You will feel nothing!

Will I be unconscious?

No, you are in a deeply relaxed state; you are responsive.

Will I be monitored?

Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.

How long will I be relaxing?

Depending on your needs, from two to six hours.

Will someone need to accompany me?

Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.

Who Is a Candidate For Relaxation Dentistry?

People who have:

  • high fear
  • had traumatic dental experiences
  • difficulty getting numb
  • a bad gag reflex
  • very sensitive teeth
  • limited time to complete their dental care
  • complex dental problems

As well as people who:

  • hate needles and shots
  • hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
  • are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth