If you feel anxiety about going to the dentist, or have had a traumatic dental experience in the past then IV or Oral Sedation may be the solution for you.


Many patients are curious about sedation dentistry and whether or not it’s right for them.  There are several instances in which it may be appropriate.  Commonly, sedation dentistry is used during complex oral surgeries that may take some time, as this is more comfortable for the patient and allows the surgeon to operate most efficiently.

Sedation dentistry may also be available for patients that experience significant dental anxiety.  Those who suffer from dental anxiety may hesitate to schedule regular dental visits, and might even avoid going to the dentist when they suffer from pain or other oral health concerns, because of the severe anxiety they feel.  This can be extremely detrimental to maintaining optimal oral health.

A qualified and experienced sedation dentist can help to ease anxiety and create a comfortable and positive experience for patients who suffer from even extreme dental anxiety.  Sedation dentistry can also be used for patients who require additional help to curb feelings of pain during procedures.

In order to receive sedation dentistry, the professionals at StarWhite Dental will have to make sure you’re a good candidate, and there are a few factors that could prevent the use of sedation.  If, for example, you’re pregnant, sedation dentistry is not recommended.

You will also have to discuss your current health, any medication you’re taking, and past issues you’ve experienced with sedation.  Some health concerns or conflicting medications could make it unwise to use sedation, and if you have a history of resistance or allergic reaction to sedatives, this option may not be right for you.


IV Sedation also known as Deep Conscious Sedation is usually used by Oral Surgeons and dentists with specialized training and special certification. With this type of sedation, medications are administered directly into the blood stream. Dr. Hendry is certified in I.V. and oral sedation.

The greatest advantage of IV Sedation is that if someone is not sedated enough, the doctor can administer more medication and the effects are instantaneous. IV Sedation is not used commonly in most dental offices because of the specialized advanced training required and the requirements for certification by the State Board of Dentistry. The drugs used for IV Sedation are more effective than the same drugs taken orally. There is a more profound amnesia associated with this technique. Dr. Hendry has performed hundreds of IV sedation cases, and has received extensive training. If you think IV sedation may be a good fit for you please give us a call!!!!!!


Enteral Conscious Sedation “Orally Administered Sedation”, sometimes called “Sedation Dentistry” is administered by taking a pill. All body functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own. The patient will often fall asleep. Some degree of amnesia is common. The disadvantage with this method of sedation, is that the level of sedation for each person is not predictable.

With Oral (Enteral) Conscious Sedation and Inhalation Conscious Sedation, the patient will experience a state of very deep relaxation. You can still speak and respond to the requests of others.

Dr. Brown and Dr. Hendry are certified in oral sedation.