Baltimore, MD Sedation Dentistry


Sedation Dentistry - You No Longer Have to Be Afraid
Fearful patients no longer have to be afraid of the dentist.  Getting the treatment you need, can be done easily and painlessly while you are totally relaxed and comfortable. 

IV sedation has many benefits that make getting your dentistry possible. While you do not sedation dentistryactually sleep during treatment, you will be sleepy–sedated just enough to make you totally relaxed and at ease.  One of the best parts is that by the next day, most people remember little-to-nothing of the time they spent in the dental chair.  Gone are memories of the sights, sounds, and smells of the office that are often so traumatizing.

With sedation dentistry, time seems to pass very quickly, so hours feel like minutes.  It’s a great option if you need a large amount of dental care completed at one time.  IV sedation enables your dentist to work more efficiently and complete more treatment in fewer visits, reducing four or five appointments to just one or two. 


After a consultation and health history review are completed, you and Dr. Merguerian will decide on a treatment plan that’s right for you.  She will select the best sedation medications and protocol to meet your individual needs.  Sometimes a pill is given to take the night before the appointment and/or one hour prior.  You will arrive (with your companion) at the office already feeling relaxed, maybe even drowsy. 

Since the purpose of IV sedation dentistry is to make you as comfortable as possible, you’ll be encouraged to come to your appointment wearing loose, comfortable clothing.  You’ll be covered in a thick, warm blanket to relax with while you’re waiting for treatment to begin. 

Who Can Benefit From IV Sedation Dentistry?

People who have:

  • high fear and anxiety about seeing a dentist
  • a history of traumatic dental experiences
  • difficulty getting numb
  • very sensitive teeth
  • a need to have more dentistry completed in fewer visits
  • a bad gag reflex

And people who:

  • don’t do well with the sights, sounds, and smells associated with dental treatment
  • are embarrassed about the amount of dental work that may be required

Common Questions:

Q. Will I be unconscious?
A. No, but you will be completely relaxed and comfortable.

Q. Will I be monitored?
A. Yes, at all times.  Your vital signs will be taken throughout the appointment and you will be monitored closely. One of our team will always be with you.

Q. Will someone need to accompany me to my appointment?
A. Yes, you will need a companion to drive you to and from your appointment.

Q. How long will I remain sedated after my appointment?
A. Each person’s recovery time is different based on the medications and dosages that are used.  You should plan on relaxing and taking it easy for the remainder of the day after your appointment and have your companion stay with your until you are fully recovered.

For more information on Sedation Dentistry in Baltimore, MD call K. Michael Murphy and Associates at (410) 235-1233 today!