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Comprehensive Sedation Dentistry in Roanoke

comprehensive dental sedation options in roanokeIf you are one of many individuals who avoid dental care no matter how essential, chances are you can benefit greatly from sedation dentistry. At Cave Spring Dental Arts, Dr. Joshua L. DeMichele provides various sedation options to deliver care that emphasizes your comfort and creates positive experiences.

We understand that many people like you require a gentler approach. Whether it is time for a dental cleaning and checkup or you need dental implants, our sedation options make treatment easier and maximize your comfort. Our team takes the time to explain procedures in detail and with compassion, so you feel confident about your care. We can help you make informed decisions about treatment while also working to alleviate anxiety.

We proudly provide sedation dentistry to those living and working in Roanoke and the surrounding communities. Contact Dr. Joshua L. DeMichele and our Cave Spring Dental Arts team today to discover how sedation dentistry can make your next visit more pleasant!

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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry includes various techniques for administering medication to help eliminate different levels of anxiety. Our dentist can provide you with a relaxing and stress-free experience with sedation, whether your needs are simple or complex. Dental sedatives can be customized, allowing you to receive the essential care you need to keep your smile healthy.

Sedation Dentistry Options from Dr. Joshua L. DeMichele

At Cave Spring Dental Arts, our dentist offers various sedation options to ease you into a state of full relaxation. Dr. DeMichele provides customizable sedation dentistry treatments safely and effectively. With these solutions, we can significantly reduce anxiety and eliminate fear quickly before beginning your procedure.

Oral Conscious Sedation – This sedation option is administered in pill form. It can be given in small or large dosages depending on your anxiety level. You will typically take one pill the night before your procedure and one an hour or two before treatment. The medication relaxes you by releasing the sedative slowly and carefully.

What to expect: You are often still awake, allowing you to respond during treatment and signal to our dentist if you are at all uncomfortable. A brief period of amnesia is typical and may erase your memory of the procedure. While conscious sedation does not last long, it can make you drowsy. You will need someone to drive you to and from our office.


IV Sedation – This method involves administering your sedative via IV, through a vein. This delivery system makes the medicine work faster. Sedation dentistry through IV allows our dental team to adjust the amount of sedation continuously. It is often recommended if you are prone to higher levels of anxiety.

What to expect: Our team administers the IV sedative once we ensure you are settled in the dental chair. Because this is the strongest sedation option, you may fall asleep and will likely have no memory of your treatment. You will be tired for a few hours after your procedure. We recommend having a trusted friend or family member drive you home and stay with you until you are fully conscious.


Nitrous Oxide – This option is also known as "laughing gas." It pairs with oxygen and is administered by a mask placed over your nose. As you concentrate on breathing, the sedative enters your body. This form of sedation dentistry allows you to relax completely, and it wears off fast. This is the only option where you can drive home after treatment.

What to expect: With nitrous sedation, you can expect to be in a state of tranquil relaxation. Many of our patients describe a floaty, warm sensation that helps them feel peaceful. With laughing gas, you are still conscious enough to provide our team with feedback.

Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?

Anyone who is anxious or fearful about visiting the dentist can benefit from sedation dentistry. It helps you to relax and remain calm during treatment.

Sedation is beneficial if you have:

  • High levels of fear & anxiety
  • Past traumatic dental experiences
  • Issues with local anesthetics
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • A fear of shots & needles
  • Anxiety about the noises and smells associated with dental care

You often will not feel pain or discomfort during your procedure and may be unaware of what is going on around you. This makes time go by quickly and lengthy procedures easier, especially if you suffer from extreme dental anxiety.

Can Sedation Dentistry Help Me if I Haven't Been to the Dentist in Years?

sedation dentistry can help if you havent been to the dentistAbsolutely! At Cave Spring Dental Arts, we understand that you may feel uneasy about visiting the dentist, especially if it has been a while since your last appointment. We offer sedation dentistry so you and others like you can finally receive the care you need, no matter how long you have put off treatment.

You can be confident that we will provide you with safe sedation without judgment. Dr. DeMichele uses trusted sedation techniques to make your appointment as hassle-free as possible.

How Much Will My Sedation Dentistry Cost?

The cost of your sedation varies based on what method we use and what procedure is being performed. Our team will discuss specific costs with you in detail during your consultation. We work with all major dental insurance companies, and we have many payment options, including in-house payment plans.

Learn More about Your Sedation Options in Roanoke Today!

Everyone's experience with sedation dentistry will be different, so Dr. DeMichele will work with you to choose the best method for your needs. Our team discusses recovery and after-care with you, so you are in the know every step of the way. To learn more about Roanoke's sedation dentistry, contact Cave Spring Dental Arts to schedule a consultation today!

CALL US: (540) 774-0061 REQUEST APPOINTMENT


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