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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry, Laraway Family Dentistry, The WoodlandsSEDATION DENTISTRY

At Laraway Family Dentistry, we offer the following types of sedation:

Antianxiety with Nitrous Gas N2O (Laughing Gas)

Laughing gas is not a sedative but a mild relaxant. You will be fully aware of the surroundings and able to drive home after the procedure. N2O is commonly confused with other inhalation sedatives like Halothane which are used in operating rooms and induce deep sedation.

Conscious Moderate Sedation

Conscious moderate sedation is where you are breathing on your own and may have some recollection of the events. It can be achieved by either swallowing the tablets (oral sedation) or having the sedatives injected into your vein (intravenous).

Oral Sedation

With oral sedation, you are administered pills like Halcion or Ativan which most of the time takes 30 minutes to take effect. This kind of sedation can be unpredictable as the pills can cause either overly or under sedated patients.

Intravenous Sedation

Drs. Michael and Joanna Laraway carry intravenous sedation licenses. During this process, the medication is administered one drop at a time into your bloodstream. Intravenous sedation allows for a much safer and predictable procedure. Both Drs. Michael and Joanna Laraway are also trained in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and carry Advanced Cardiac Life Support certificates (instead of CPR, which is held by most dentists.)

Deep Sedation

Deep sedation (unconscious) is where you are not breathing on your own during sedation. A breathing tube (intubation) must be inserted into your airways. This type of sedation is practiced in operating rooms during surgeries on major organs. The patient has no recollection of the procedure.


If you’ve been putting off seeing a dentist due to anxiety or fear, sedation dentistry might be right for you. Contact us to make an appointment and find out more about how we can put your mind at ease while providing the dental care you need.