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Sedation Dentistry in St. Louis, MO

Sedation Options with Dr. Chris Hill

Dental anxiety is common, and at Smile On Dental Studio, we understand the need for a comfortable and anxiety-free dental experience. That’s why we offer advanced sedation dentistry options, including Nitrous Oxide, Oral Sedation Medication, and NuCalm Relaxation Dentistry, under the expert guidance of Dr. Chris Hill.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety at Smile On Dental Studio

Many people experience anxiety at the thought of visiting the dentist, which can lead to sweaty palms or even avoiding necessary dental care. A past negative experience can make it hard to revisit the dentist, and some patients struggle to sit still for long periods. Unfortunately, this can result in neglected dental health.

Dr. Chris Hill at Smile On Dental Studio in St. Louis understands these concerns. Various sedation dentistry options are available to make our patients feel at ease. These options allow patients to relax and receive the necessary dental care without stress.

Understanding Sedation Dentistry

The purpose of sedation dentistry is to provide patients with relaxation during dental procedures through the use of medication. It’s particularly beneficial for those anxious or fearful about dental work. Our clinic offers three primary types of sedation:

Nitrous Oxide

It is commonly called “laughing gas,” an odorless gas administered through a mask that fits comfortably over your nose. This mild sedation option helps patients feel relaxed during treatment and acts as an anesthetic to reduce discomfort. The effects are felt immediately and dissipate shortly after removing the mask, allowing patients to resume their daily activities without lingering effects. A brief health evaluation is required before using nitrous oxide.

Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation involves taking sedatives before your dental appointment to help you stay calm and comfortable. This option is ideal for patients who:

  • Wish to complete their treatment in 1-2 visits
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences
  • Require complex dental procedures
  • Experience dental anxiety or fear of needles
  • Feel embarrassed about their smile

It is the patient’s responsibility to arrange transportation to and from their appointments, as the medication can impair their driving ability. The night before, you’ll take a dose of the drug and avoid eating or drinking anything except water for 12 hours before your appointment. Additional medication is provided upon arrival to maintain relaxation throughout the procedure, and treatment begins only when you feel entirely comfortable.

NuCalm Relaxation Dentistry

NuCalm is a drug-free method that uses neuroscience to calm your body’s anxiety response, putting you in a meditative-like state. This technique helps control anxiety and leaves patients feeling rejuvenated, with reported benefits like higher energy levels, increased creativity, and improved sleep.

Why Choose Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry offers several advantages:


Reduces or eliminates discomfort during procedures.


Allows more work to be completed in fewer visits.

Control of Gag Reflex

Helps patients with a sensitive gag reflex.


Reduces memory of the procedure, making the experience more pleasant.

Benefits of Choosing Smile On Dental Studio

At Smile On Dental Studio, Dr. Chris Hill and our compassionate team specialize in sedation dentistry, prioritizing patient safety and comfort:

Personalized Care

Sedation methods are tailored to your needs and medical history.


Hill’s extensive experience ensures safe and effective treatment.

Advanced Technology

We use the latest, safest sedation techniques.

Comprehensive Approach

We guide you through each step, from consultation to recovery.

Our Sedation Dentistry Procedures


Dr. Hill reviews your health history and explains sedation options.


We provide instructions to prepare you for sedation.


Sedation is administered before or during the procedure.


Your vital signs are monitored throughout the treatment.


We ensure you’re comfortable and fully recovered from sedation before you leave.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, when administered by experienced professionals like Dr. Chris Hill.

Most patients feel no discomfort and have little memory of the procedure.

Patients usually return to normal activities within a few hours of surgery, but recovery times vary.

Schedule Your Sedation Dentistry Consultation in St. Louis!

Ready to transform your dental experience? Contact Smile On Dental Studio at 314-862-7007 to learn more about our sedation options and schedule your consultation with Dr. Chris Hill. We’re here to provide you with a comfortable, stress-free dental visit.

Schedule a Dental Consultation in St. Louis

Smile On Dental Studio provides a full range of dental services to help you achieve the smile you deserve. Whether you need a complete smile makeover or your regular checkup, we perform dentistry with precision and unwavering attention to detail.

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