Dental Treatment
in a spa atmosphere
by Dr. Tim Runco


6502B Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Dental Treatment in a spa atmosphere
by Dr. Tim Runco


Dental care without the scare

Sedation Dentistry in Pittsburgh, PA

Do you wish you could achieve the perfect smile in a calm, comfortable, and soothing atmosphere?

Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for patients too afraid to go to the dentist and receive necessary routine dental care. The term “dental phobic” is all too common and potentially compromises the health of a patient’s mouth and smile. If you fall into this category, don’t worry - you are not alone.

Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of different techniques. Sedative drugs (tranquilizers, depressants, anti-anxiety medications, nitrous oxide, etc.) can be administered in a variety of ways. In the past, intravenous (IV) sedation was given by injection into the blood vessels of the hand or arm. This was mainly used to sedate a dental patient.

IV sedation is both safe and effective when administered by a trained professional. Today, however, sedation dentistry has progressed to be even more beneficial to provide a relaxing experience. Patients have alternatives to the traditional treatment options of inhalation (nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”) and IVs, such as those offering a “no needle” (meaning, no injection) approach that many people find more pleasing.

Conscious sedation, or anti-anxiety premedication, is now the most popular technique to help patients deal with their fear. The technique is easy and requires no needles. These medications create a comfortable experience and many patients do not remember the visit. Anti-anxiety premedication maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and a patient’s well being.

Regardless of the type of sedation dentistry you receive, it is important to have a responsible friend/relative to drive you home after the procedure is complete.

Sedation dentistry addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis. Patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care after receiving sedation treatment and they are less likely to neglect their oral health.

One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might take hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as total reconstructive treatment that normally require numerous visits can often be performed in a single visit.  

If you are afraid to change the appearance of your teeth because you are anxious about undergoing long or complex dental procedures, sedation dentistry can make you feel comfortable and remove the apprehension to achieve the perfect smile.