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Sedation Dentistry

Do trips to the dentist make you nervous?

At the office of Brian K. Tavoian, DDS, in Cedar City, UT, you can relax during your procedure with the help of sedation dentistry.

Find out why our patients love dental sedation.

Comfortable Dental Care in Cedar City Why Choose Us for Sedation Dentistry?

Dr. Brian Tavoian, also known as "the Smile Doctor," has practiced family dentistry in Cedar City, UT, for over 25 years. He is proud to offer sedation dentistry so that even the most nervous patients can experience the benefits of healthy teeth. See why patients recommend us for sedation dentistry:

  • Licensed Anesthesiologist: If you need to go under deep sedation, we will bring in a licensed anesthesiologist who will administer the medication and monitor your vitals at every stage of your dental procedure.
  • Flexible Financing: We work with CareCredit® financing so that you can receive the dental care you need without budgetary concerns.
  • Multiple Options: Depending on the extent of your treatment and the level of your anxiety, you can choose from three different forms of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or intravenous (IV) sedation.

Our Sedation Dentistry Options

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Nitrous Oxide

The lightest sedation available at our office in Cedar City, UT, is nitrous oxide sedation. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gas patients inhale through a mask placed over the nose. It is usually combined with a local dental anesthetic to eliminate pain. Under laughing gas, you will still be conscious and you will still be able to respond to our dentist. However, you will be relaxed and calm during your treatment.

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Oral Conscious

Oral sedation is another form of conscious sedation. When you choose oral sedation, our dentist will provide you with a prescription for a sedative in pill form. At a set time before your procedure, you will take this prescribed medication to relieve your anxiety. Similar to nitrous oxide, oral sedation does not provide pain relief, so we can combine the oral medication with a local dental anesthetic for your comfort. Oral sedatives can provide minimal or moderate levels of sedation.

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Intravenous (IV)

For this type of sedation, the sedative medication is administered through a vein, which allows it to take effect quickly. This method allows our licensed anesthesiologist to adjust the level of sedation throughout the procedure. With IV sedation, you can be placed under moderate or deep sedation. A local anesthetic will likely be applied to help ensure you do not feel pain.

Who Chooses Sedation Dentistry?

While sedation dentistry may not be suitable for every patient, it can provide significant relief for patients with dental anxiety. Other reasons our dentist may recommend sedation include:

  • Past difficulty feeling numb with local anesthetics
  • Fear of needles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental issues
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Previous dental experiences
  • Extensive dental work, such as dental implants
  • Difficulty controlling movement

Additionally, patients with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to sit still for long periods may be able to improve their dental experience with sedation. However, certain medical conditions may limit your ability to receive sedation. Your medical history can help our dentist select the right method for you.

"I would recommend this office to anyone!" 5-Star Reviews From Our Patients


Tennile Manwaring


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I would recommend this office to anyone! Friendly and knowledgeable staff and they were quick to get me even as a first time patient. Dr. Tavoian was great to explain everything he was doing and to outline my options with pricing before he started the work so that I knew exactly what to expect. The procedure went well. I'll definitely be a returning patient for other dental work in the future.

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Heather Romney


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Dr. Tavoian and his staff are always so friendly. Last week I brought in my 7yr old daughter who is terrified to even wiggle her teeth. She needed to have 4 teeth pulled and had so much anxiety. I was amazed at how patient they were with her and how Dr. Tavoian was able to gain her trust and help her find the courage to let him pull them out. He has also been a great dentist for me. Highly recommend.

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When Is Sedation Available?

At our practice in Cedar City, we can use sedation during any procedure. Patients who are especially nervous about dentistry may choose to be sedated for basic teeth cleanings. However, our dentist most often uses sedation during more involved treatments like wisdom teeth extractions or dental implant surgery.

Dr. Brian Tavoian

Brian K. Tavoian, DDS, PC

Dr. Brian Tavoian, also known as the Smile Doctor, has been providing exceptional dental care to families in Cedar City, UT, since 1992. Our patients recommend us because of our:

  • Flexible financing options
  • Comfortable sedation
  • State-of-the-art technology

To request an appointment, please contact us online or call (435) 586-0123.

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