(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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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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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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wonderful and great care

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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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Tooth pulled, crowns removed, temporary bridge placed-no pain at all!

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Thurm Dental Group is wonderful. My appointments are always on time. The care is excellent, thorough, professional, and gentle. Dr Thurm and his staff put the patient first in all interactions — you can see it in our healthy smiles!

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

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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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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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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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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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If you had told me a few years ago that I would be smiling, and genuinely happy about the way my teeth look today, I would have told you that you were crazy. I have kept my smile hidden for years, not wanting to show my teeth…ashamed of the way they look after years of neglect. I experience dental anxiety, to the point of putting off the care, for years. I knew this was not a good plan, but I co…

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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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I have been going to Thurm Dental for years. I trust Dr Thurm and his staff implicitly.Carol is always very thorough yet gentle when cleaning my teeth.

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Did not have to wait.. Everything was on time . Employees very skilled..l

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

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

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Excellent service geared to myself and my child’s needs.

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(856) 335-1775