Oral Conscious Sedation

At Advance Dental, we place patient comfort at a premium, and our policy on conscious sedation dentistry proves it. We understand that you may be nervous or even downright scared about having a dental procedure done, even if it may be a relatively simple one.

We offer conscious sedation for any of our dental procedures, although it may not be needed for the simpler ones. Our goal is to make sure that no patient leaves our offices feeling anxiety or pain. We want trips to the dentist to be no more anxiety causing than any other appointment that you may have, and we are willing to do what it takes to make sure that is the case.

If you are a fearful dental patient, we will do everything possible to put you at ease. Your dental procedure here at Advance Dental may just be the easiest and least stressful visit you have ever had in a dentist's chair.

We at Advance Dental are pleased to offer comprehensive dental care for Granger, Indiana near Mishawaka, South Bend and the surrounding areas. Whether you need emergency care or you need a planned surgery, we are here to help.

If you are interested in the conscious sedation method of dentistry where you can be free of pain while still awake, please feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment. 

If the idea of going to the dentist  brings on feelings of fear or anxiety we have options to help ease your worries. Oral conscious sedation is extremely safe and easy. You will feel relaxed and at ease under our care. Oral conscious sedation does not "knock you out" like some other forms of anesthesia. You will remain awake during your procedure, but you will be in a heightened state of relaxation and comfort. It is also possible that you will not remember part, or all, of your procedure.

Oral conscious sedation is much less expensive than other forms of sedation, and you will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure. It also makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing you to have all of your work done in a single visit. Because you will have medicine in your system, you are required to have someone drive you to and from the office and remain with you the rest of the day if you use oral conscious sedation for your safety.

We specialize in help ease dental fears. Don't wait any longer to have necessary dental work performed because you are nervous. Ask Dr. Stangebye and his staff about oral conscious sedation to see if it is right for you.

Call our office today at 574-271-9910.

frequently asked questions

Will I feel any pain?  Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during their treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards.

Will I be unconscious?  No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, able to follow commands, but have little to no memory of the procedures performed.

Will I be monitored?  Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.

How long will I be relaxing?  Depending on your needs, from two to six hours.

Will someone need to accompany me? Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again and stay with you for 24 hours.

Are there any long term effects of sedation? No. You will feel a little groggy and "out of it" after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment in these cases.

What procedures can be performed under sedation? Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure. Ask your dentist if sedation is available for a particular procedure.

How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work? In most cases it only takes two appointments. The first appointment will be a consultation to check your health history and make sure you are a candidate for sedation. The next appointment will be to perform the necessary procedures. This can usually be done in one appointment, but may require a follow up visit.

Will my insurance cover sedation? In most cases it will not be covered by your insurance provider. We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered or not. If it is not covered, we will let you know the cost and, if necessary, we can put together a financing plan for you.       


- People who have had traumatic dental experiences - People who have difficulty getting numb - People with a very strong or bad gag reflex - People with very sensitive teeth - People with complex dental problems - People with high fear of dental treatment - People who hate needles and shots - People who hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care - People who are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth - People who wish to have all of their dental work completed in one or two visits


 Prior to your sedation appointment, Dr. Stangebye and his staff will thoroughly review your individual treatment needs and medical history and he will recommend just the right sedation for you. Most patients will take their sedation medications about an hour prior to arriving to their dental appointment. Your companion will accompany and drive you to and from our office. By the time you arrive you will be very drowsy.

When you arrive in our office, you will be escorted into the special sedation room, complete with a Tempur-Pedic chair and covered with a thick, warm blanket. The entire time you are sedated your vital signs are continuously monitored, including your blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygen saturation level. You are never left alone. One of our highly qualified staff members is with you at all times. After you are completely relaxed, the experienced clinical team at Advance dental will take care of your dental needs.

When your treatment is completed your companion will return you home to finish your comfortable, relaxing day.


It Really Works! You really can relax through your dental appointment. It Is Safe! You take your oral sedation medication prior to treatment, no intravenous tubes or needles. You will have little or no memory of the experience. You won't remember any sounds or smells. You can relax for up to five to six hours after taking the medication. The time you are relaxing will vary depending on your needed treatment. Complex dental treatments, that often require six to eight appointments, can be done in as little as one! All while you completely relaxed.

Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits. 


"Everyone was kind & gentle. No one made me feel guilty about waiting so long to take care of my mouth. No lectures. Dr. Stangebye was genuinely interested in my comfort & did a great job with the total upgrade to all of my teeth."

Michele, South Bend

"I had 5 hours worth of work done that would have taken several appointments. The next day I had very little pain and Tylenol took care of it!"

Tammy, Mishawaka

"I have never had a more pleasant dental experience, I plan on having more treatment done this summer."

David, South Bend

"For someone who doesn't like the sound of instruments or someone working in their mouth, sedation was definitely worth it for me. Dr. Stangebye & his team were wonderful and provided excellent care during and after the procedure... Thank you so much!

Charity, Walkerton

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