Different Types of Sedation Dentistry

Anxiety. Dread. Apprehension.


Chances are you have felt one of these crippling emotions at one point in your life. Maybe you’ve been the anxious bride who got cold feet moments before her wedding. Or perhaps you’ve dreaded giving a presentation at work in front of your peers or at school to your classmates. Better yet, you might be apprehensive about visiting your dentist.


Many Americans fear going to the dentist. Negative emotions and frightening scenarios race through your mind, causing you to cancel your appointment with no plans of rescheduling. This real fear keeps you from getting work done on your teeth.


Wynnewood Dental Arts has the solution. By offering safe sedation dentistry in Bala Cynwyd, PA and the surrounding region, patients no longer have to be frightened of getting the proper health and maintenance their teeth and gums deserve.


Dr. Thomas DeFinnis, named “Top Dentist” by Main Line Today Magazine, specializes in sedation and is certified through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.


Before undergoing sedation dentistry, it would be wise to understand four different sedation methods that you could use.


Oral Sedatives

You can receive an oral sedative by medications such as diazepam or Halcion. These medications can be given to you the night prior to your appointment or even minutes before it.



You can receive sedation intravenously, meaning you would get the drug through a vein, so it works fast. This gives the dentist the ability to adjust the level of sedation that you receive.


Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, is combined with oxygen and delivered to you by inhaling the gas through a small mask over the nose. This induces a state of relaxation that could place you at ease.


General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is used to make you unconscious during a procedure. You will be unable to feel pain during this time, and it allows a dentist to get the procedure done in a long appointment rather than meeting multiple times.


Sedation dentistry will enable you to be comfortable, while getting the dental work you need to be accomplished. Make an appointment for sedation dentistry in Bryn Mawr, PA today with Dr. DeFinnis and Wynnewood Dental Arts by calling 610-228-4452.