Conquering Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

If the idea of going to the dentist fills you with feelings of fear, anxiety or even shame, you are not alone. In fact, millions of Americans report having some degree of dental anxiety or dental phobia. At Boston Center for Oral Health, we are dedicated not only to the care and health of our patients’ teeth and gums, but also their level of comfort.

woman sedated and relaxed at dentist


Our goal is to make every visit to our dental office in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood a positive one. That’s why we have two doctors on staff, Dr. Carmine Morreale and Dr. Richard Varnerin who are experienced in providing conscious sedation dentistry options to our Boston-area patients. Whether it’s a routine teeth cleaning or a more in-depth procedure such as getting dental implants or crowns, our top priority is making you feel at ease in our practice.


Am I a candidate for conscious sedation dentistry?

If any of the following statements ring true, you may be a good candidate for this treatment option:

  • I have fear and anxiety about the sounds, smells and sensations I experience at the dentist
  • I have dental phobia
  • I want to complete my exam and dental work in as few appointments as possible
  • I have a severe gag reflux


What is conscious sedation dentistry?

Conscious sedation dentistry refers to the use of medications to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is called “conscious” sedation because patients will feel relaxed and drowsy, yet they will still be awake. This means that you can breathe normally and respond to verbal cues from our dentists, but you will feel no pain.


Will I remember anything about my visit?

Depending on the level and form of sedation received, you may not remember the visit at all. You will feel no pain throughout the entire experience.


What types of sedation options do you offer?

Our Boston dentists can offer oral medications to reduce anxiety as well as nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas”. To learn more about our sedation offerings and how they work, view our sedation dentistry page. This page also contains a video featuring patient testimonials that demonstrates why sedation dentistry can be an effective option for patients with dental anxiety.


Make your conscious sedation dentistry appointment in Boston

If you would like to get more information about sedation dentistry, please call our office at (617) 536-4620 or email us using our contact form. You can also make an appointment directly on this page by filling out the yellow “Schedule an Appointment” form.


We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile without the negative feelings or sensations you might associate with a trip to the dentist!

Your submission, requesting an appointment, was successful! We will get back to you as soon as possible.