Dental treatment without the fear

Many people avoid going to the dentist because they fear dental treatment. The source of this fear is based largely on the stigma in our culture that all dental procedures have to be painful. With strategic use of sedation dentistry, we at the Williamsburg Center for Dental Health hope to quell those fears. Dr. Hall is one of only two certified sedation dentists in Williamsburg and is trained in Cardiac Life Support.

Sedation dentistry puts you in a relaxed, but conscious state through the use of medication administered orally or in gaseous form. Feelings of anxiety disappear with sedation dentistry, although you are never completely unconscious and therefore still able to hear and respond to Dr. Hall.

Sedation Dentistry in Williamsburg VA


Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients who are feeling nervous about their upcoming appointment. Our sedative options allow us to provide our high-quality dental services while also prioritizing your comfort and  peace-of-mind. We are happy to answer any questions you might have on sedation dentistry at your next appointment. Here are answers to common questions regarding this service:

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe. At Williamsburg Center for Dental Health, we prioritize patient safety and would never present a treatment option to patients that was not in their best interests. Sedation dentistry is a great way for our patients to remain calm and relaxed throughout the duration of their appointment.

What kind of sedation dentistry options do you offer?

We offer a wide variety of sedation dentistry options for our patients to choose from. For minor procedures, we can provide laughing gas or prescribed oral sedative medication to keep patients calm and relaxed. For more in-depth procedures, we can also offer IV sedation. We have our own anesthesiologist who comes into the office to assist with this method. Our compassionate team will consult with you on which method of sedation dentistry will best meet your needs.

Who is a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Anyone who experiences dental anxiety is a good candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of the dentist, have had a previous bad experience in the dental chair, or if you simply require a more complex procedure, sedation dentistry is a great solution to keep you calm and comfortable.

Will I be unconscious throughout my appointment?

While some people may feel so relaxed that they fall asleep, our sedative options are more-so aimed to keep you conscious and comfortable. You will maintain bodily autonomy while still feeling relaxed and enjoying your dental appointment.

What should I expect after my appointment?

This largely depends on the type of sedative you choose. For patients who choose laughing gas, the sedation effects typically wear off within minutes of removing the mask from your nose. For oral sedatives or IV sedatives, you will likely feel groggy following your appointment. We encourage any patients who choose sedation dentistry options to bring along a friend or spouse to assist you after the appointment. The effects of the medication may take several hours to subside.