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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.

5-Star Reviews From Cedar City, UT, Patients


Michelle Synegal


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I could be described as your classic irrational fear-laden patient. I have found everyone in the office friendly and efficient. Dr. Tavoian is the best dentist I have had. He is professional and detailed in his work. My dental anxiety has vanished and it is due to he and his entire staff.

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Caitlyn McCoy


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The only dentist I go to. Ever. I live 4 hours away and still drive there just because of how professional, clean and kind everybody is there. Brian is great with calming down my anxiety as well.

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Enjoy Going to the Dentist

It's estimated that 36% of the population has some level of dental anxiety. Sedation options at our Cedar City, UT office can help ease your fears and enjoy your dental appointment. For more than 30 years, Dr. Tavoian has been helping patients to feel calm and comfortable while receiving the care they need. To learn more about the sedation options available at our dentistry practice, call us at:

(435) 586-0123

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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 under our care.

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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.

Sedation vs. General Anesthesia

Sedation and general anesthesia (which we do not provide) are frequently confused. Here are the distinctions:


Through sedation, the patient is conscious during the entire process. Though you may not remember what happened during the procedure, you are never completely unconscious while sedated. You can respond to the doctor's questions, and you won't need any assistance in breathing.


With general anesthesia, patients are completely unconscious and unable to respond to external stimuli. Doctors have to monitor the patient's vitals while under anesthesia since they are unconscious. A breathing tube is used to maintain breathing during treatment.

Who Can Receive Sedation?

To undergo dental sedation, you in good health, not be pregnant, and have no history of bad reactions to intended sedative

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


Kimberly Wilsterman


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Dr. Tavoian and his team always go above and beyond! I usually hate going to the dentist, not here though! I drive from Hurricane. I could go somewhere closer, but why?! These guys are awesome and you will not be disappointed!

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Joy Guillemin


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I really enjoyed my cleaning I had never had one and the tech was awsome the took exams and told me what future work might need to be done the are very thorough and I would definitely go again I'm great full for your service and would like to have the other work needed done there thank u to all the Staff.

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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.

How Much Does Sedation Cost?

The cost will vary depending on the sedation method you choose. Most insurance plans do not contribute to the cost of dental sedation. If you are concerned about out-of-pocket costs, our Cedar City, UT, office accepts CareCredit® financing to allow you to make monthly payments. While sedation is an extra cost, the benefits of a relaxing visit to the dentist are well worth it for patients who might otherwise avoid teeth cleanings or other essential care.

Dr. Brian Tavoian

Brian K Tavoian Family Dentistry

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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