General Anesthesia/IV Sedation

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At Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry in Glendale, AZ, we understand that visiting a dental office can be a terrifying experience for patients of any age. Children are often confused by the new environment and might associate a dentist with a doctor and shots, while adults usually have bad memories or experiences in the past. Even if someone has anxiety or a similar problem, going to the dentist can be a major trigger or source of discomfort.
We care about our patients in Glendale, AZ, which is why Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry has expanded its offerings to include a new option: Sedation Dentistry.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

The purpose of oral sedation dentistry is to help patients relax during regular cleanings and exams. Patients are given medication that soothes and helps them to relax without causing a lack of consciousness, although general anesthesia is available for severe cases. At Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry, we offer several different levels of sedation designed to suit patients with different needs.


  • Minimal – You are awake but calm
  • Moderate – You are conscious but might slur and not remember the entire procedure
  • Deep – You are at the edge of consciousness, like the moment before you fall asleep
  • General Anesthesia – You are unconscious

What Sedation Is Used?

The type of sedation used during your appointment will depend on the level you prefer and whether or not you have any prior reactions to anesthesia. At the lower levels of sedation dentistry, we use nitrous oxide, which is a colorless, odorless gas that fills those who inhale it with a sense of peace. If patients need oral sedation, we often use Halcyon, which is in the same family as valium. In more severe cases, we can give sedation through an IV.

Does Sedation Dentistry Hurt?

At Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry, we ensure regular procedures cause no pain by using a local anesthetic at the same time as the sedation. For example, if you need a root canal, we will still numb your mouth even though you are sedated. This minimizes the chances of discomfort or pain and is a safe option for patients who have intense anxiety about dental procedures.