(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 »

Schedule a Consultation Today

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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Outstanding experience! I have avoided the dentist for 35 years due to fear. I honestly thought having my teeth taken care of was completely out of the question until I heard Dr. Thurm’s practice advertised on the radio. From the moment I walked in, everyone on his staff was incredibly friendly and were acutely aware of your trepidation. While in the room waiting to see the Dr. I felt myself beg…

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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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Very professional group who always does a nice job!

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

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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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Always a pleasure going to our favorite dentist! Most people dread the trip to the dentist but not my family. As a matter of fact, we travel from West Chester, PA to come to our appointments and will continue to do so until I am no longer able to drive. Any work our teeth have needed has always been a pleasant experience — so far, never a painful moment. Will always be grateful to my friend for…

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

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

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Wonderful experience. Professional staff. Was taken on time with no wait. Clean and comfortable office environment. State of the art equipment! Fabulous scheduling reminders for the busy family! Highly recommend!

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State of the art equipment, Pleasant atmosphere, knowledgable staff, excellent service!

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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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Always a pleasure to visit. Top notch dental office. Very professional.

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It was the most positive dental cleaning appointment I have ever had! Carol was very gentle and thorough. I made my next appointment for six months, and now I will be calling to schedule a cleaning for my husband, on the same day.

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Great service! My needs and comfort are always part of practitioner’s service.

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As usual,my checkup and cleaning with Lisa and Dr. Thurm was excellent. Always pleasant and friendly, the staff makes you feel welcome.I would highly recommend this dental practice

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Dr. Thurm did a great job as usual and it was great seeing all of you once again. Bob

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Dr. Thurm was wonderful and so accommodating, I felt very safe with him

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925 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

(856) 335-1775