Nervous or anxious about your next dental visit?

sedation11Now you are able to relax and enjoy your visit with sedation dentistry. Dr. Phillip Kraver completed a postgraduate residency that extensively trained him in the use of IV Conscious Sedation, Oral Sedation, and Nitrous Oxide. For all of our sedations, a thorough medical history is needed to help us determine whether or not you are a candidate for sedation. Below is an overview of the techniques available at Cape Dental Care.


  • Nitrous Oxide Gas:  Commonly called “laughing gas” or “sweet gas”, it is the most common form of sedation used in general dentistry.  Our office has it available in every room, making it a convenient way to help “take the edge off”.  It involves wearing a nose mask that provides both oxygen and nitrous oxide gas.  Once the procedure is completed, we remove the mask and immediate recovery is expected within 5-10 minutes. No designated driver is required, which is one of its advantages over oral and intravenous sedations.
  • Oral Sedation: Oral sedation involves the administration of a sedative pill, which takes maximum effect from anywhere from 30min-1hr after it’s given.  It can be effective, but according to Florida law only one dose can be given per appointment.  Because every patient responds differently to a single dose, this method can be very unpredictable and the desired level of sedation may never be obtained. For this reason we usually encourage our patients to consider using Nitrous Oxide or IV Sedation, both of which can be easily adjusted during any dental procedure.  A designated driver is necessary for oral sedation, and patients are expected to limit their activities for the remainder of the day.
  • Intravenous Conscious Sedation (IV):  IV Conscious Sedation is our most popular form of sedation. It involves administering a combination of two sedatives though an IV that allows you to have your dental work completed with little or no recollection of the procedure. During IV Conscious Sedation you may “feel” like you are asleep, however, you will maintain the ability to respond to simple questions and follow basic commands throughout the procedure. This allows you to be extremely comfortable, which allows us to work much more efficiently during your visit. A designated driver is necessary, and patients are expected to limit their activities for the remainder of the day.