Sedation Dentistry in Canton, OH

Sedation dentistry in Canton, OH, is a safe and effective way to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during dental procedures. At Said Dental, Dr. Bassem Said has years of experience providing sedation dentistry to patients in Canton, OH, and surrounding areas. So, if you’re always anxious and afraid about going to a dentist, contact Said Dental today to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you get the dental care you need in a comfortable and stress-free way. 

What is Sedation Dentistry in Canton, OH?

Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry that involves the use of medication to help patients feel calmer and more comfortable during dental procedures. It is often recommended for patients who experience dental anxiety, have sensitive teeth or gums, or require lengthy or complex dental treatment.

At Said Dental, we offer different types of sedation dentistry to meet the unique needs of our patients. These include:

female nurse giving nitrous oxide mask to patient for sedation dentistry in Canton OH

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous Oxide (a colorless and odorless gas inhaled through a mask) helps patients feel more relaxed and decreases sensitivity to pain. It is safe and wears off quickly, so patients can drive themselves home after their appointment.

Oral Sedation

A type of oral sedative where patients take a pill to help them feel drowsy and relaxed. Patients must arrange transportation to and from the appointment and may feel groggy after the procedure.

Anti-Anxiety Pills

The most commonly prescribed dental-related drugs that treat anxiety belong to the “benzodiazepine” family. Drugs such as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan. These drugs decrease anxiety by binding and toning down activity within “fear” receptors in the brain.

There are two different types of Benzodiazepines:

  • Sedative-Hypnotics: These drugs induce calm, including drowsiness and even sleep. This sleep state is a form of hypnosis, a form of physiological sleep.
  • Anti-Anxiety Drugs: These are drugs that relieve anxiety and induce a state of calm and relaxation.

While benzodiazepines act as sedatives AND anti-anxiety drugs, some are highly targeted at areas within the brain that focus on sleep. Others act more specifically and target fear centers in the brain.   In most cases, higher doses act as sedatives and induce sleep, while lower doses reduce anxiety without sedation.

Benzodiazepines are also Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants (i.e. there can be a decline in blood pressure and breathing). It is important to note that they shouldn’t be mixed with other CNS depressants like alcohol. It’s important that you utilize the dose your dentist or doctor recommends. It is possible to overdose, which could lower your breathing to dangerously low levels, resulting in coma or death.

When not to take benzodiazepines:

Some of these drugs can affect your liver and heart. It’s important to check with your practitioner and/or pharmacist.  You should be sure to inform your doctor or dentist if any of the following apply: known allergy to the drug, narrow-angle glaucoma, pregnancy, severe respiratory disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), impaired kidney or liver function, depression/bipolar disorder/psychoses, chronic bronchitis, and some other conditions. It’s also important to let us know if you are taking other medications. There could be possible drug interactions.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry for Stress-Free Dental Visits

Sedation dentistry offers the following benefits for patients who experience dental anxiety or discomfort during dental procedures:

Reduced Anxiety and Discomfort During Procedures

Sedation helps patients feel more at ease during dental procedures, which is why it’s also known as comfort dentistry, as it reduces anxiety and discomfort. This can be especially beneficial for patients who fear the dentist or experience sensitivity to pain.

Improved Cooperation and Communication

Patients who feel relaxed and comfortable are more likely to cooperate with the dentist and communicate effectively during the procedure. This can help the dentist provide the best possible care and reduce the risk of complications, such as the following:

  • Incomplete or inadequate treatment
  • Increased pain or discomfort during the procedure
  • Infection or other post-procedure complications
  • Longer recovery time or additional appointments

Increased Pain Threshold

Sedation Dentistry can also increase a patient’s pain threshold, making it easier to tolerate procedures that may otherwise be uncomfortable or painful, like the following:

  • Root canal therapy
  • Dental extractions
  • Periodontal (gum) treatments
  • Implant placement surgery
  • Complex restorative procedures
  • Deep cleaning or scaling and root planing
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Orthodontic adjustments or procedures

Faster and More Efficient Procedures

When patients are relaxed and comfortable, procedures can often be completed more quickly and efficiently. As a result, patients can save time and reduce the need for additional appointments.

Why Choose Sedation Dentistry at Said Dental?

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider comfort or sleep dentistry with Dr. Bassem Said at Said Dental:

  • Highly experienced and trained: Dr. Bassem Said has extensive experience providing sedation dentistry to patients in Canton, OH, and surrounding areas. He is committed to ensuring that each patient receives the highest care and attention.
  • Personalized care: Dr. Said takes the time to understand each patient’s unique needs and concerns and is dedicated to ensuring a comfortable and stress-free experience.
  • Range of sedation options: Said Dental offers a variety of sedation dentistry options to meet each patient’s unique needs. This includes Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) and oral and IV Sedation.
  • Safe and effective: All sedation dentistry procedures at Said Dental are safe and effective. Dr. Said and his team will carefully monitor your vital signs during the procedure to ensure your safety and comfort.
  • Comprehensive dental care: Aside from Sedation, Said Dental offers a wide range of dental services –– from preventive care to cosmetic procedures. This means you can receive all of your dental needs in one convenient location.

How to Prepare for Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment at Said Dental

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your upcoming Sedation Dentistry appointment with Dr. Bassem Said:

Follow Pre-procedure Instructions

Depending on the type of sedation dentistry you will receive, Dr. Said may provide specific instructions to follow before your appointment, such as fasting for a certain period or avoiding certain medications.

Arrange for Transportation

For most types of Sedation Dentistry, patients must arrange for transportation to and from the appointment. This is because anesthetic effects can last several hours after the procedure.

Wear Comfortable Clothing

Dr. Said recommends wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your appointment. Doing so will help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.

Communicate Any concerns or Questions

If you have any concerns or questions about sedation, don’t hesitate to discuss them with Dr. Said or his team. They will happily provide the information you need to feel confident and comfortable.

Plan to Rest After the Procedure

You may feel groggy or sleepy after your appointment. Plan to rest for the remainder of the day and avoid strenuous activity.

smiling woman in dental chair after successfully sedation dentistry treatment

Comfortable and Stress-Free Dental Care for Patients in Canton, OH

At Said Dental, we understand the importance of patient comfort and strive to make every dental visit as pleasant and stress-free as possible. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry to help patients who feel anxious or uncomfortable during dental procedures. So, if you’re looking for a caring, experienced, and trustworthy dentist in Canton, OH, contact Said Dental today to schedule a dental appointment.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!


Can you choose to be sedated at the dentist?

Yes, sedation dentistry is an option for patients who experience dental anxiety or discomfort during dental procedures. Depending on the type of sedation dentistry, you may feel more relaxed and comfortable, making it easier to achieve a healthy smile.

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Anyone who experiences dental anxiety or discomfort during dental procedures can be a candidate for sedation dentistry. This can include patients who have a fear of the dentist, experience sensitivity to pain, or have a medical condition that makes it difficult to receive dental care.

What is the safest dental sedation?

Sedation dentistry is generally safe for most patients when performed by qualified and experienced dental professionals and when the patient’s medical history and needs are carefully evaluated before the procedure.

Can I be put to sleep for tooth extraction?

Yes, tooth extractions can be performed under IV Sedation, which can put you to sleep during the procedure. This can be a good option for patients who experience dental anxiety or discomfort during the dental procedure or for more complex extractions.