Sedation Therapy

At 121Endodontics  we offer different levels of sedation, depending on your comfort level.

We have many patients who fall asleep during treatment without the use of any sedative! 

Levels of Sedation:

Mild Sedation

Tranquil relaxation often provided by nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or a tablet of medication similar to a sleeping aid. You are conscious and aware during mild sedation, but stress is reduced.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing gas)

  • Light sedation which will last for the entire procedure. You will be able to drive yourself home after the treatment completion.
  • Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
  • Nitrous Oxide has been the the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient can receivs 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% oxygen.
  • The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
  • The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.

Combined Sedation

Produces a twilight-like sleep where you are responsive to verbal direction while you “daydream.” Time feels compressed and longer appointments become easier. This type of sedation is often produced by the combination of a tablet and nitrous oxide gas. You might be aware of your procedure but you won’t feel or recall any pain. Make sure there is someone to accompany you and to drive you home.

Intravenous Sedation

A more profound, peaceful sleep-like state. Patients will be barely aware. There may be brief periods where you are in a controlled state of unconsciousness so that you are not bothered by treatments that can cause discomfort. This is an excellent, safe, and predictable form of sedation for many patients. Make sure there is someone to accompany you and to drive you home after your appointment.

General Anesthesia

An anesthetic that allows for the deepest level of sedation. Patients will be asleep for the duration of the treatment(s) and supervised throughout by our anesthesiologist, Dr. Richard Marn, and registered nurse (RN), using hospital-grade equipment.

Dr. Richard Marn is a Dual Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and Pediatric Anesthesiologist who trained at NYU and John Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Marn and his team provide safe, high-quality sedation and anesthesia services in the comfort of our office, allowing the doctor’s to provide the best possible treatment your child needs.