Sedation Dentistry – Wake Up To a New Smile

Dr. Marsh has received extensive special training, and is among the leaders in the US, using this dental sedation technique. Only 1% of the dentists in the country are qualified in this conscious sedation dentistry, and patients come from all over Northern Arizona including Sedona, Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cornville and Clarkdale to be treated using this comfortable, safe and effective system.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

The medicine is called Triazolam. It is a small blue pill taken about 1 hour before your visit. This tablet has been prescribed over 10 million times per year, by physicians, for patient’s use at home. The drug has almost no side effects or interaction with other medicines you may currently be taking.

What are the Benefits?

It allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a simple cleaning to extensive treatment. One of the additional benefits is that the medicine has an amnesia quality which for most patients, tends to prevent almost any memory of the visit. It is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” because of this and its other pleasant effects.

  • It enhances effectiveness of anesthetic.
  • It decreases gagging.
  • It decreases joint and muscle soreness.
  • Allows more treatment to be provided in a shorter time, which could decrease total number of visits.

How Long Does Dental Sedation Last?

For most patients, the effects of dental sedation last between 2-4 hours, so we require you to have someone drive you home.

Am I Really Asleep?

We call it sleep dentistry because most patients do tend to fall asleep. However you can still respond to verbal commands. Even the most apprehensive patients have been ecstatic with the results.


We constantly monitor each patient with a computerized pulse oximeter, which measures heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. We also have a reversal agent on hand that reverses the effect of the sedation medicine in less than 30 seconds. We are caring for patients everyday in our Sedona Dental area office using this safe comfortable and relaxing oral sedation method. It’s a blessing for our patients.