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Sedation Oral Surgery

Do you suffer from dental phobia or put off important oral surgery procedures because of your anxiety surrounding treatment?

Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin can provide comfortable, stress-free treatment with sedation oral surgery at our Salt Lake City, UT, practice.

See which sedation options are most beneficial to you while you undergo your oral surgery treatment at our office. 

Considering Sedation Dentistry?  If You're Nervous, You're Not Alone

Many patients put off important dental treatment for various personal reasons. Patients who ignore their dental care can negatively impact their overall health and may need expensive restorative work that could easily be prevented.

15% of adults avoid regular dental care due to dental anxiety.

*According to a study in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology

Hopkin Oral Surgery  Makes Your Comfort a Top Priority 

Dr. Hopkin is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with over 10 years of experience. We also utilize state-of-the-art technology, such as 3D imaging equipment, to perform the safest and most effective procedures.

The team at Hopkin Oral Surgery understands that not all patients are comfortable undergoing treatment and aims to provide options to improve their experience with dentistry and oral surgery.

To learn more about your options and whether sedation dentistry is right for you, contact our practice. You can request an appointment at our Salt Lake City, UT, office online or reach us by phone:

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(801) 277-3942

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The entire team at Hopkin Oral Surgery is here to help you. We look forward to your visit and discussing your oral health needs.

Why Patients Choose Us... "All of the staff are helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly."


Christie Bauer


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We had a great experience at Dr. Hopkins’s  office. He came highly recommended to us and we weren’t disappointed. The office staff is friendly. Dr. Hopkin’s is such a nice guy and he explained the procedure clearly. We will definitely go back if we are in need of an oral surgeon.

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Jonathan Huck


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I just had surgery.  It was so quick and painless! The whole procedure started before I could get anxious. All of, the staff are helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. But, most importantly, Dr. Hopkin is extremely skilled, like I said quick and painless. 10 out of 10 recommend!

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Dental Sedation Can Help If These Conditions Apply to You

Sensitive Gag Reflex

A sensitive gag reflex can interrupt your treatment and prolong your time at the doctor's office. Sedation dentistry helps control your gag reflex, making your procedure easier to get through. 

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth can make visits to our Salt Lake City, UT, office very uncomfortable for patients. Sedation can ease sensations of sensitivity while your teeth are getting worked on, making treatment easier to receive.

Undergoing Multiple Procedures 

Some restorative plans include multiple dental treatments. It can be difficult to sit through more than one procedure at a time. Sedation puts the patient at ease, making it easy to undergo multiple procedures.

Levels of Sedation Dentistry

Our Salt Lake City, UT, office provides several types of sedation, ranging from minimally invasive local anesthesia to intravenous sedation.  We want you to feel totally confident about your decision to undergo sedation, so Dr. Hopkin will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each technique and allow you to have input and the final say about your treatment plan.

Local Anesthesia

For patients who have minimal anxiety and wish to remain awake and aware during surgery, we can simply provide local anesthesia. By injecting a nerve-blocking agent into the treatment area, we will be able to stop the sensation of pain for a controlled period of time. Local anesthesia remains a popular option for patients because there are no preparatory requirements or fasting involved. It is also a suitable form of sedation for pregnant patients who require dental work.  

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Nitrous Oxide

Laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide, is a minimally invasive, highly effective form of sedation. Used in conjunction with local sedation, it can help you feel relaxed during the length of your procedure. Nitrous oxide is safe and highly effective, allowing you to feel calm, yet responsive under its influence. Dr. Hopkin will fit a mask over your nose, allowing you to breathe the gas during your procedure. The effects will wear off when the mask is removed, making it a great option for patients who are looking for little downtime. 


Intravenous (IV) Sedation

If you have severe anxiety about undergoing your oral surgery, we can discuss the option of IV sedation. An IV sedative requires Dr. Hopkin to insert a needle into the back of your hand or a vein in your arm. We can offer IV conscious sedation for patients who want to feel completely relaxed but do not mind staying awake during the procedure. Patients who are extremely anxious may benefit from IV general anesthesia, which induces a state of unconsciousness. To ensure your IV sedative is safe and effective, we suggest fasting and other preparatory techniques. 

Request a Consultation     With Our Salt Lake City, UT, Oral Surgeon 

When it comes to restorative dentistry, there are clear benefits to consulting with an oral surgeon rather than a general dentist. Advanced training and experience in oral surgery techniques minimize the chances of complications. General dentists throughout Utah send their implant and wisdom teeth cases to Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin, where they know their patients will receive the best specialized care.

While some dentists can provide a few oral surgery services, a board-certified oral surgeon like Dr. Hopkin can provide more comprehensive care, producing superior results.

Contact our Salt Lake City office online to see how Dr. Hopkin can combine sedation dentistry with your oral surgery for a seamless, comfortable, and safe procedure.

(801) 277-3942

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Dr. Hopkin looks forward to discussing your needs and goals.

Top Reviews from the Salt Lake City Area "Very efficient, friendly and professional"


Pauline Higgins


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The staff at Hopkin Dental is very efficient, friendly and professional. I felt I received very good care there when I needed a tooth implant.

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Patrick Dredden


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Prompt, clearly explained the procedure thoroughly, upfront about Costs. Office had a good vibe, Doctor and staff upbeat and positive.

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Certain Conditions  Can Affect Your Candidacy

Be honest about your medical history with the dentist to ensure your safety. We will match the best sedative method to your treatment. If you're nervous about a procedure, laughing gas is probably the best option. For patients who have arthritis and need dental implants, we will likely administer IV.

We might advise against sedation if you:

Are Pregnant or Nursing

Women who are pregnant may not be eligible for sedation dentistry depending on how far along they are. Certain medications might not be recommended if you are breastfeeding.

Have Allergies or Respiratory Conditions 

If you are allergic to certain medications including benzodiazepines, some sedation methods may not be right for you. Asthma and other issues with breathing might also affect your candidacy.

Suffer from Other Conditions

Certain conditions such as sleep apnea, heart disease, and glaucoma can increase the risk of complications from sedatives.

Picking the Right Option Contact Our Salt Lake City Office to Learn More

Some sedation options are better matches to specific dental treatments. During your consultation, Dr. Hopkin will review your medical history at our dental office and recommend a sedation method for you. Talk to our dental team about your levels of pain and anxiety, as well as any concerns you have about undergoing dental care. Based on your input and existing medical conditions, as well as the extent of treatment you require, we can tell you which options you qualify for and plan your treatment accordingly. 

For more information about your sedation options, send our practice a message or give our office in Salt Lake City, UT, a call:

(801) 277-3942

5-Star Reviews "Worth every penny and virtually painless!"


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Excellent staff and doctor! Got in and out fast, Dr. Hopkin does excellent work. Worth every penny and virtually painless! As fun as it is to need work done, Hopkin Oral made my experience exceptional. For a specialty doctor office i was surprisingly in and out fairly quickly, and excellent work done. Thank you again!

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Conrad Harting


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Dr. Hopkin and his staff were very professional. The office was immaculate as well. They clearly explained my options with the procedure and what the process would entail. They also gave me proper expectations regarding insurance coverage. I’m very happy with the entire visit and would definitely recommend Dr. Hopkin to anyone.

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Will I feel sleepy or groggy after treatment with sedation dentistry?

What to Expect  Following Your Procedure 

Patients may experience some lingering side effects from sedatives. These will vary from patient to patient and depend on the type of sedation dentistry administered at our Salt Lake City, UT, practice. Here are a few things to keep in mind following your procedure... 
We generally recommend you have someone drive you home from your appointment.
We generally recommend you have someone drive you home from your appointment.


While the effects of nitrous oxide will dissipate quickly, the effects of IV take longer to leave your system. We recommend you have someone drive you home from your dental appointment and help you get anything you might need. 

Side Effects 

You may feel drowsy, groggy, or nauseous for a few hours. IV sedation can also cause a temporary headache for some patients. Side effects will vary depending on the patient but most are mild and are no cause for concern.

Activity Level

Make sure to take it easy as the medication wears off, especially if you have had extensive dental work. Avoid anything more than mild physical activity such as walking for the rest of the day, and until your body has time to rest and recuperate. 

How Safe is Sedation? You Can Relax Under Our Care

Sedation dentistry is very low risk when administered by a dental professional like Dr. Hopkin.

Prior to administering the sedative, we'll check your medical history and current medications to make sure they do not conflict with your treatment. We will also closely monitor your heart rate and vitals to make sure you are responding properly to medication. We also watch for any adverse side effects to the medication during your dental procedure.

While you can trust that you will be in good hands at our office, we also want you to remain safe once you leave our doors. We have a comfortable waiting area at our Salt Lake City dental office that your ride can lounge in while you undergo treatment.

The Cost of Dental Sedation More Accessible Than You May Think

Next to anxiety, cost is usually cited as a factor for why patients avoid dental visits. Prices will depend on the method of sedation and possibly the amount of time you are administered the sedative:

  • Every 15 minutes of IV sedation costs $160.
  • Patients can expect $55 for laughing gas treatment.

Most basic dental insurance doesn't cover sedation but we will always check to see if yours does. To help make out-of-pocket costs more affordable, we offer convenient financing through CareCredit® and provide in-house payment plans. 

Sedation reduces long-term dental costs by allowing Dr. Hopkin to perform extensive work. For extensive dental or oral surgery treatments, sedation can allow the work to be completed in a single appointment, limiting the need for multiple visits.

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"I am so thankful for Dr. Hopkin, his team, and his staff..."

"The woman that prepped me for surgery was one of the nicest, and calming people I've ever met, and made me feel completely comfortable, to the point where my anxiety was replaced with laughter. Before I was sedated everything was explained to me clearly and then, boom, I was put out and the the surgery was done. I think I woke up in about 20 minutes. I hardly experienced any lasting loopiness from the sedatives, and in the days following I have only experienced a minimal amount of pain. Thank you so so much."

Maya Morales
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Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin is a highly trained oral surgeon in Salt Lake City, UT. He is proud to be board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. At Hopkin Oral Surgery, Dr. Hopkin and his team provide excellent care with state-of-the-art technology and advanced treatment methods. Our most popular services include:

You can request a consultation with Dr. Hopkin by filling out our online form or calling (801) 277-3942.

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