(856) 335-1775

Thurm Dental Group
925 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Sedation Dentistry

Our team at Thurm Dental understands that many people have real anxiety and fear when it comes to dental appointments. That is why our team wants to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the dental care you need.

We offer several types of sedation to help put you or a family member at ease during the appointment. We can even sedate the patient for the exam, should that be necessary. The goal is to ensure the patient feels relaxed, comfortable and safe so dental problems can be addressed and the patient’s oral health and appearance can be improved.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

There are two types of sedation in dentistry. During conscious sedation, the patient remains awake. During unconscious sedation, the patient is put to sleep.

What are the Different Types of Conscious Sedation in Dentistry?

If you’ve ever gone to the dentist, chances are you were given a light sedative to help you relax during your procedure. There are several types of sedation that dentists may use, including:

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over the patient’s nose. Nitrous oxide helps the patient feel relaxed, calm, and comfortable. The patient remains awake and alert, and can respond to any questions or directions the dentist has. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off within minutes of the mask being removed. The patient is able to drive home after receiving nitrous oxide.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is a fancy name for oral medication (pills) designed to decrease anxiety. Many people are familiar with some of these, such as Valium®, Ativan®, and Halcion®. The patient will take the prescription before the appointment, as directed by the dentist. The pills do not put the patient to sleep, but they usually dull the senses so the patient does not remember any smells, noises, or discomfort associated with the procedure.

Different people react differently to oral sedatives. Dr. Thurm will be happy to discuss with you whether you will need somebody to drive you to and from your appointment if you choose this method of sedation.

Intravenous Sedation in Dentistry

At Thurm Dental, we can also administer sedation through an IV. Intravenous sedation is typically used for shorter procedures. It is injected straight into the bloodstream, and takes effect almost immediately. The patient can either remain awake or fall asleep depending on the amount of the sedative administered. Many patients report feeling groggy after receiving IV sedation, which is why it’s important to have a designated driver who can bring the patient home.

What is Unconscious Dentistry (Sleep Dentistry)?

Sleep dentistry refers to dentistry completed while the patient is completely asleep. The patient could fall asleep either through IV sedation or through general anesthesia. Dr. Thurm is one of the only dentists in New Jersey that is a certified dental anesthesiologist as well as a general dentist. READ MORE »

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If you are nervous about going to the dentist, call our office today at (856) 335-1775. We’ll answer all of your questions, discuss the best method to ensure your comfort during your dental appointment, and help you look and feel better.

Don’t put off the dental care you need any longer. We are here to help you.

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I was very stressed about my procedure, but Dr. Thurm and his whole staff put me at ease. I highly recommend Thurm Dental!!

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I’ve had a life long fear of the dentist for as long as I can remember and as a result neglected my teeth . Then I found Dr Thurm and staff . I have absolutely no anxiety about going to see him . He’s done all my work for me and it’s all been great . Being able to smile with confidence and not hide my teeth in shame has been life changing . I can’t say enough !

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Excellent individuals. Caring and compassionate. They always put me at ease.

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Dr Thurm and his team are not only incredibly talented , they are compassionate , and provide non judgmental care no matter the extent of your dental needs . I’ve had extractions , fillings , and bridgework all pain and anxiety free . That’s why again and again I choose Thurm Dental .

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Excellent dentist and staff. Seen on time. State of the art equipment and most importantly, correct and good treatment with a conservative approach. Dr. Thurm’s approach is to assess the situation, range of options, whether the treatment is urgent or can wait and proceed from there. Everybody in this facility is both professional and friendly. I wish all businesses were like this.

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I have had an abnormal fear of the dentist all my life which led to sever gum disease and I was terrified of what I needed to have done. Dr. Thurm took his time to explain everything that had to be done and he treated me with such kindness and care it was wonderful. I had extractions done, scaling and filings under anesthesia so I did not have to hear or feel what he was doing. I woke up and Dr. T…

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As usual everything was perfect. Everyone is always friendly and helpful.

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Dr. Thurm and his entire staff are absolutely fantastic!!!

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I’ve been going to Thurm dental for 25+ years – always professional, nice and of course good at what they do!

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My visits to Dr Thurm office is always treat. While that description of dental care may sound strange, from the receptionist to my hygienist Liza, to Dr Thurm himself, they are the best. The office is friendly, thorough, and comfortable. I’ve been going there too many years to count, but can’t I imagine going anywhere else.

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I always have a great experience at Thurm Dental…everyone there has mastered the art of being completely professional while at the same time being warm and fun.

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Great visit, on time, friendly, through and complete, as always.

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The staff is very professional,friendly and knowledgeable. They always make you feel comfortable. Can honestly I have never had a bad experience and I have been a patient for over twenty years.

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Dr Thurm is New Jersey’s best Dentist and his staff is Wonderful.

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Best dentist! Highly recommend this office!!

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Awesome place! So glad I made the decision to check it out. Everyone at the office is awesome and I couldn’t be happier with my teeth!

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If you have any fear of the dentist, this is the place to go. They do whatever is necessary to help you feel comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Thurm for dental work. I have had extensive work done by his team: partial bridge, crowns, root canals and fillings.

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925 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

(856) 335-1775