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Sean Abidin, DDS • Vanessa Cao, DDS phone (614) 882-9828

Sedation Dentistry
in Westerville, OH


Dental sedation can help make even the most extensive dental appointments feel like a breeze. If you tend to experience dental anxiety or you have a dental treatment coming up that you are nervous about, feel free to ask our team about our sedation options. We always want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, and we will do everything in our power to make sure you have the best experience possible when you visit our practice!

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Sedation Dentistry FAQs



Sedation dentistry involves using safe and effective sedatives during dental treatments to block pain, relieve anxiety, and feel comfortable and relaxed. Some patients choose to utilize sedation dentistry during routine appointments to relieve their dental anxiety, while others only use it for more advanced dental procedures. Abidin and Cao DDS offers two kinds of dental sedation:

  • – Laughing gas is a colorless, sweet-smelling gas that can make a patient feel numb, lightheaded, giddy, and overall relaxed.
  • – Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill prior to treatment. Many patients describe it as entering a relaxed, dream-like state.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a conscious sedation option that allows the patient to remain awake during their appointment, although it isn’t unusual for patients to become so relaxed that they fall asleep during their treatments. Laughing gas is administered through a nose mask, and once the mask is removed, the effects wear off after a few minutes and the patient is free to drive themselves home. Laughing gas works very well for minor dental procedures or dental anxiety due to how quickly it begins working and how quickly it wears off.

It depends on the type of sedation that is used and the type of dental service that is performed. Typically, patients can resume their normal activities after receiving laughing gas, but if it was used for an intensive dental treatment, we may recommend that you take it easy for the rest of the day. With oral conscious sedation, we recommend patients try to limit their post-treatment activities as much as they can and try to relax for the remainder of the day. If a patient chooses oral conscious sedation, they must have a friend or family member drive them home afterward.


Questions? Concerns? Feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable team!


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Sean Abidin, DDS & Vanessa Cao, DDS