You probably don’t often say “stress-free” and “dental visit” in the same sentence. But at Bluffton Dental Care, we go out of our way to make your experience soothing and serene. Our practice offers amenities to help you relax and even enjoy your appointment.

  • Beverages in the Reception Area
  • Warm Blankets and Pillows
  • Movies in the Operatory
  • Aromatherapy
  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Are you fearful of the dentist? Let us help you find the level of comfort you need through sedation.

Sedation Information

What Types of Sedation Are Used in Dentistry?
Inhaled Minimal Sedation

You breathe nitrous oxide — otherwise known as “laughing gas” — combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.

Oral Sedation

Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it’s usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure, however, you will respond and react to direction.

Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you’ll also typically need a local anesthetic (numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth) to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.

Treatments take a lot less time than you think. Call Bluffton Dental Care today for your complimentary consultation!

Request an Appointment


25 Clark Summit Dr. Suite 100
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910



Mon: 8:00am - 4pm
Tue: 8:00am - 4pm
Wed: 8:00am - 4pm
Thu: 8:00am - 2pm
Fri: Closed

Outstanding smiles from excellent dentistry!

Need quality cosmetic, general, and implant dentistry in Bluffton, Hilton Head, Beaufort, Savannah, Georgia, and the surrounding communities? Look no further then Bluffton Dental Care and have your smile made over today!