In Office Sedation

Your child can feel calm and comfortable at St. George Kids Dental when we provide in-office IV sedation. Dr. Pryor and Dr. Higbee can perform long, complicated treatments while a professional dentist anesthesiologist helps your child relax with this form of conscious sedation. Contact our pediatric dentists today to see if your child can receive in-office IV sedation in St. George, Utah.

Why Sedation? 

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful choice for patients who feel anxious or nervous about their dental treatment. Sedation dentistry involves using a sedative medication to help you feel more relaxed and calm during your dental visit. There are several types of sedation dentistry available based on your individual needs and preferences:

Types of sedation

  • Nitrous oxide, (laughing gas), which is a sedative gas that is mixed with oxygen. You simply inhale the gas during your treatment to help you feel more relaxed. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that wears off within just a few minutes after we stop the flow of gas.
  • Oral sedation, which involves taking an oral medication before your treatment. By the time of your appointment, you will feel calm and at ease.
  • IV sedation, which involves administering the medication intravenously (through the veins). This type of sedation enables our doctor to provide the sedation more quickly, and we can also easily control the level of sedation to ensure that you stay comfortable. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, meaning that it will not make you unconscious, but you may feel so relaxed that you fall asleep during your treatment. You may also not remember all of the details of your visit.

Sedation Helps

Sedation dentistry will help you feel more comfortable during your treatment. Our experienced dentist and dental team will ensure that your entire treatment is safe. Each member of our team is highly trained, and we will carefully monitor you during your visit. If you have chosen oral or IV sedation, please be sure to have a friend or family member available to drive you to and from your appointment.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, if you have had negative experiences at the dentist in the past, or if you simply feel nervous about your treatment, sedation dentistry can help you feel more at ease. Sedation dentistry is also a good choice for patients who have difficulty getting numb or who have an extremely sensitive gag reflex.

For more information on sedation dentistry and how it can make your dental experience more pleasant, we welcome you to contact us today.

Meet Your Anesthesiologists

St. George Kids Dental works closely with Summit Anesthesia, located in Salt Lake City, UT. Summit and their highly strained doctors specialize in bringing hospital-quality anesthesia to the comfort, convenience and familiarity of our local offices. 

Dr. Mitchell Duckworth

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT, Dr. Duckworth leads the Summit Anesthesia team as an experienced general dentist and residency-trained dentist anesthesiologist. He graduated from the University of Southern California’s Ostrow School of Dentistry and subsequently completed a residency in anesthesia at Stony Brook University Hospital, in Long Island, New York. 

Dr. Duckworth is certified by the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to provide all levels of anesthesia and specializes in delivering individually tailored anesthesia to pediatric patients. He takes great pride in making each patient feel comfortable, while trying to understand each individual’s needs and anxieties.

Dr. Levi Taylor

Born and raised in Kaysville, Utah, Dr. Levi Taylor, DDS, received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He continued his education at the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in New York, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was invited into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the National Dental Honor Society.  

Dr. Taylor’s favorite part about dental anesthesia is working with pediatric patients and providing a pain-free dental experience to anxious and nervous kids brings a special form of gratification. 

Of all his accomplishments, his greatest joy is being married to his wife Carolyn and being a father to their three children.