Gentle Sedation Dentistry in Mount Laurel & Voorhees, NJ

Also known as sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry is an easy way for anxious patients to get the dental treatment they need in a way that makes them feel at ease. Whether you get a little nervous about a cleaning or you’re going through extensive reconstruction work, we can help keep you comfortable and relaxed while you’re in our care. When our modern office amenities aren’t enough to calm your nerves, our sedation options can provide you the peace of mind you need!


Types of Sedation

woman in dental chair receiving sedation

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used types of sedation. It’s a sweet-smelling, colorless blend of gases that often goes by the name “laughing gas.” When inhaled, nitrous oxide creates feelings of well-being and peacefulness. This safe and easy treatment is a great option for most patients, especially children and adolescents. To reverse the effects of nitrous oxide, all you have to do is breath regularly for a couple of minutes and you’ll feel completely normal in no time.

Oral Conscious Sedation

With just one pill taken prior to your appointment, you will feel completely at ease throughout your treatment. We can perform almost any procedure with the help of oral conscious sedation, from deep cleanings and fillings to wisdom teeth removal. It’ll seem like your visit is over before you know it!

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia can make dental visits less stressful for patients with severe dental anxiety, special needs, or complex treatment plans like oral surgery and dental implant placement. Anesthesia is administered by a certified professional and monitored throughout your treatment to ensure your comfort and safety.


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All of the sedation that we use at Growing Smiles is approved by the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) for use on children. The team member who evaluates and administers the sedation is fully licensed and has proper training and experience. We would never put your child at risk.

The effects of nitrous oxide will wear off within minutes, letting you go about your day as normal. Oral conscious sedation and general anesthesia will generally take a couple of hours to wear off after the appointment so we recommend having a family member or friend drive you home.

Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation will give you an extreme sense of relaxation, but you will remain conscious for the treatment. You will be able to talk with Dr. Sekhon and be responsive to questions or instructions.

General anesthesia will put you into a deep sleep, and you will not be aware of what is happening around you. When you wake up, the treatment will be over and you’ll be ready to go home!

Of course! If your child wants to have their favorite toy or blanket with them during treatment we absolutely encourage it. Anything that can help put them at ease is fully recommended by Growing Smiles.

If your child needs to be sedated for anxiety, we hope that eventually they will understand that the dental chair is nothing to be afraid of and require no sedation after a few appointments. Certain advanced treatments might require a level of sedation to help your child sit through a lengthy treatment. Each child is different and has different needs, and we only recommend sedation when absolutely necessary, so if your child isn’t too anxious, we’ll avoid it altogether!

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about dental sedation for children, you can check out our informational blog post on sedation safety or contact our knowledgeable and friendly team.