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Sedation Dentistry

Have you let your oral health slip due to dental anxiety?

Sedation dentistry can help you relax during your dental appointments so you can receive the treatment you need.

Dr. Steve McLean and his team serving the La Grande, OR area offer a variety of sedation options to suit your needs during any procedure.

Sedation Dentistry Options

Our La Grande, OR dental office offers the following levels of sedation:

Laughing Gas

Laughing gas is a form of light sedation that has been used in the field of dentistry for centuries. It is known for acting and wearing off quickly, which is why it's commonly used for children's dental visits.

During your treatment, our team will monitor you to ensure you're inhaling a healthy, effective amount of gas. With this form of sedation, you can expect to be fully relaxed while still fully awake and able to follow instructions.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Our dentists offer oral conscious sedation to patients who suffer from moderate dental anxiety, or to those with special healthcare needs. It is typically prescribed in pill form and should be taken about 30 minutes before the start of the procedure. We will provide you with clear instructions ahead of your appointment to guarantee the level of relaxation you need.

If you opt for oral conscious sedation, you cannot drive before or after your appointment. Make sure you have a friend or family member transport you to and from your appointment.

IV Sedation (Advanced Sedation)

Intravenous (IV) sedation, also known as sleep dentistry, is offered to patients with extreme dental anxiety, to those with special healthcare needs, or for those who are set to undergo oral surgery or long treatments.

Dr. McLean uses powerful anti-anxiety medication to help relax patients before the procedure even starts. If you opt for advanced sedation, he will monitor you while you're in the dental chair to ensure that you're getting just the right level of medication necessary.

One of the most impactful benefits of IV sedation dentistry is that Dr. McLean can typically perform several procedures at once - sometimes in as little as one appointment!

If IV sedation is administered during your procedure, you cannot drive before or after your appointment. Make sure you have a friend or family member transport you to and from your appointment.

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

Your total out-of-pocket sedation dentistry cost will depend on the terms of your dental insurance plan. At McLean Dental, we make it simple to enjoy painless dentistry. We accept a wide range of dental insurance plans as well as no-interest and low-interest financing plans through CareCredit®.

Our financing team will submit claims on your behalf so that you can focus on your health, not paperwork. Call us if you have any questions about your dental insurance plan or your financing options.

Trust Our Advanced Sedation Dentistry Options

When you're a patient of Dr. McLean, you'll never have to go to a separate dentist's office to get the care you need. No referral necessary.


Call us today to learn how our sedation dentistry services can give you a comfortable experience in the dentist's chair.

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