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Dr. Matthew Hooks and dental hygienist performing a dental procedure using twilight sedation for dental anxiety

Sedation Dentistry for Dental Anxiety

Do you have dental anxiety?

If you are fearful or anxious about going to the dentist, you're not alone. Sedation dentistry, sometimes called Sleep Dentistry keeps patients comfortable during dental procedures. It’s beneficial for people who have anxiety about a dental procedure or for those who are undergoing lengthy treatment. It's important to note that dentists must have special certification to provide sedation dentistry. 

Options include oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation.

IV Sedation/Twilight Sedation

Dr. Hooks is one of the few general dentists on the Treasure coast certified by the state of Florida to administer Intravenous Conscious Sedation ("twilight sedation").


IV sedation involves administering anti-anxiety medication into the bloodstream to induce a deep state of relaxation. The patient remains conscious enough to respond to verbal cues but they will feel very relaxed and will not remember much from the procedure. The drugs have a very calming effect and will wear off several hours after your treatment.


You will need someone to drive you home after your visit and will most likely rest or sleep when you get home.

Oral Sedation

Don't let fear of going to the dentist keep you from getting the dental treatment you need for good oral health.


Riverview Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers sedation dentistry for those who have mild to severe dental anxiety.


Oral sedation involves medication taken orally approximately one hour before the dental procedure produces a light to moderate sedation effect.


The patient is awake and able to respond but may feel drowsy during treatment. 

I was very fortunate to have been referred to Dr. Hooks. He and his staff are very kind, caring and knowledgeable. I have anxiety, especially when it comes to dental work. They had a lot of patience with me and helped put me at ease. I had my procedure done yesterday which included a tooth extraction and bone graft, under IV sedation. I experienced NO pain whatsoever! Dr. Hooks even called me at 7:30pm to check on me. He and his staff have gone above and beyond to provide excellent care and for that I am very grateful. I highly recommend them!

- Kristine

What Our Patients Say

I have some anxiety with having dental work done due to a bad experience as a child.


I had a chipped tooth and filling replaced in the good hands of Dr Hook and Dental Assistant Brianna who worked seamlessly together to provide a painless and positive experience for me.

- Tani

I had to get my tooth pulled today. I was very nervous about the procedure and the shots, but Dr. Hooks and his staff took my fears away by making sure that I would not feel any pain.


I did not feel any pain during the procedure or the shots. They made sure I was comfortable throughout the time I was there. The staff is very friendly and courageous. I would recommend anyone to go there.

- Rita

Are you interested in Twilight Sedation or Oral Sedation?

Contact us to schedule a consultation or get more information.

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