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Sedation Dentistry

Do you struggle with dental anxiety? Sedation dentistry can help you remain calm and relaxed during your next procedure.

Dr. Alex Planes of Planes Dental Arts is certified by the state of Florida to offer dental sedation. We welcome nervous patients.

Learn more about the dental sedation options available at our office in Vero Beach, FL...

Dr. Planes Discusses Sedation Dentistry

At Planes Dental Arts in Vero Beach, FL, we offer sedation to help our patients relax during their dental treatments. We provide nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation.
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Do you avoid trips to the dentist because you're afraid? You have nothing to be ashamed of. Many of us struggle with some level of dental anxiety or dental phobia. However, without regular attention from a dentist, your oral health may end up in jeopardy. Dr. Planes offers safe, calming sedation dentistry at his Vero Beach office so you can receive the care you need in comfort. 

Planes Dental Arts has earned a reputation in Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie, FL, for upscale, high-tech, patient-focused dentistry. Now, thanks to sedation dentistry, more patients can experience our world-class care than ever before.

To schedule an appointment at Planes Dental Arts, please contact us online or call:

(772) 617-4540

Note: While we have offices in Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie, sedation is only available at our Vero Beach office.

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This was my first time there....Everyone was very friendly, professional , great personalities, the facility was clean and welcoming, they made me feel at ease with my worries, I was taken back at scheduled appt time andI never felt rushed. I have worked in the medical field for 20 years and have high expectations of what I expect from other medical facilities. They passed all of them. I highly recommend

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Maqueta Graham


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My first time at the office and the staff was awesome. I never seen a staff that professional in my life. I felt like I was at home with them. They made me feel very confident about being there. Had conversation with me well I was waiting in the exam room. The hygienist was awesome as well she told me everything that she was going to do before she did it. I will return for all of my work I need to be done. I felt safe in their care.

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Our Sedation Options

At Planes Dental Arts, we offer three types of sedation. We will help you choose the right type of sedation prior to your treatment.
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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide (widely known as laughing gas) provides mild, conscious sedation. We will place a mask over your nose and have you breathe a combination of nitrous and oxygen. This "laughing gas" produces calm, relaxed feelings. Dr. Planes can easily control the amount of sedation you receive to ensure you remain comfortable throughout treatment. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, so you are able to drive yourself home after your procedure.

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Oral Sedation

When you choose oral sedation, Dr. Planes will provide you with a prescription medication in pill form. The sedative will make you feel drowsy and relaxed, but you will remain able to respond to our instructions. If you use this form of conscious sedation, you will need a ride to and from our Vero Beach office, and you should plan to relax for the remainder of the day following treatment.

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IV Sedation

For more complex procedures, Dr. Planes can use intravenous methods to achieve deeper levels of sedation. When you choose IV sedation, a sedative will be administered directly into your bloodstream. The effects will begin quickly and can be immediately adjusted at any point during treatment. You will be deeply relaxed, but not unconscious. As with oral conscious sedation, you will need to arrange transportation to and from our office and plan to rest when you return home.

When Is Sedation
Dentistry Recommended?

Because Dr. Planes is certified in sedation dentistry, we can utilize sedation during any dental procedure. Of course, heavy forms of sedation are typically reserved for more involved treatments like dental implant surgery. However, patients who have acute dental anxiety can take advantage of sedation for more routine treatments, even basic dental cleanings.

Additionally, our dentist often recommends sedation dentistry for patients with arthritis who struggle to sit comfortably for long periods, or for patients who have an overly sensitive gag reflex.

It is important to note that while sedation is always available at Planes Dental Arts, it does increase the overall cost of a procedure, and insurance plans don't always cover sedation. We will be upfront about the cost of sedation before beginning your treatment, so there should be no surprises when it comes time to pay the bill.

Financing Available


If your insurance doesn't cover sedation dentistry, you can take advantage of flexible financing through CareCredit®. CareCredit works like a credit card for dentistry, allowing qualifying patients to pay for treatment through low-interest or no-interest payment plans.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

How long will the effects last?

It depends on the sedation method that you choose. If you choose nitrous oxide, then the effects should wear off quickly once our dentist removes the mask, allowing you to drive yourself home and continue with your day as normal. However, if you choose oral sedation or IV sedation, then you may feel groggy for a few hours after your appointment, which is why you will need someone else to drive you home.

Can I eat before dental sedation?

If you choose nitrous oxide, you can eat before your appointment. However, the gas does make some patients nauseous, so it's best to make it a small meal if you eat beforehand. Alternatively, if you choose oral sedation or IV sedation, you should not eat for at least six hours before your appointment. Our dentist will always provide clear instructions for what you should and shouldn't do before and after your treatment.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

When you work with a certified dentist like Dr. Planes, dental sedation is completely safe. He will monitor you throughout the duration of your procedure to make sure that no complications arise.


Nichole Butler


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I went today for the first time. I’ve been pretty scared of the dentist for a long time. Not the physical part but the financial. They were wonderful and definitely not looking out to price gouge me or charge me for things I didn’t need. For them I am thankful

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Dr. Joseph Spingarn is excellent, kind and gentle. He was very attentive, cared about my concerns, and recommended appropriate treatment. All staff members were professional and prompt. Great experience. Highly recommend.

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Dr. Alex Planes

Planes Dental Arts

Dr. Alex Planes provides excellent general, restorative, and cosmetic dental care at his offices in Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie, FL. Dr. Planes is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists

If you are ready to receive superior care in an inviting office environment, call (772) 617-4540 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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