Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is growing in popularity and our dental team in Des Plaines has the experience necessary For many people a visit to the dentist can mean an experience that presents extreme patient anxiety. Over the past 25 years, our team has treated numerous individuals with varying degrees of patient anxiety and can help determine the proper course of sedation necessary to ensure a comfortable experience.

Today’s hectic life pace also prompts people to defer fixing chipped teeth, repair crowns, bridgework or gum procedures. Sedation dentistry allows the dentist and his team to consolidate more work within a single visit, as the patient is in a relaxed state, saving time and minimizing concern.

Dr. Morrison is licensed by the State of Illinois and a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He offers his patients a variety of sedation options, ranging from Inhalation Sedation (nitrous oxide), Oral Conscious Sedation (medication with nitrous oxide), to Full Intravenous Sedation (asleep for whole appointment). His team of professionals works in tandem to monitor the patient’s vital signs to ensure safety throughout the procedure.

What is sedation dentistry? Find out more in our Sedation Learning Center

Pre-op/Post-op Instructions for Sedation Dentistry


1) You must not eat or drink non- clear liquids for at least 8 hours prior to the appointment time and you must not drink any clear liquids for 2 hours prior to the appointment time.

2) Your driver should remain in the office during the appointment.

3) Although you may feel alert after the sedation dentistry appointment, you cannot drive or operate machinery for the rest of the day. Go home and take it easy.


1) The child must not drink non-clear liquids (milk) or eat for 8 hours prior to the appointment. The child can have clear liquids (water) for 2 hours prior to appointment. The sedation works best on an empty stomach and there is less chance for any problems with nausea. Bring a small amount of their favorite juice to the appointment.

2) You should let the child take a long nap after the dental appointment. The child will seem to be alert and normal following their nap, however you should watch the child carefully around stairs, etc. for the rest of the day.

These instructions will be given to you in a more detailed written form at the consultation appointment.