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Sedation Dentistry

We can help patients suffering from mild to severe dental anxiety

Due to dental anxiety, many people are prevented from the care they need. At Emerald Coast Dentistry, the sedation options we offer allow patients to more comfortably receive treatment to attain healthy, beautiful smiles.

What to Expect?

Sedative-assisted dentistry gives your Southern Okaloosa County dentists, Dr. Erin Sutton and Dr. Thomas Hill, the ability to administer necessary dental treatments to patients suffering from mild to severe dental anxiety. We ensure our patients are able to make an informed decision about their dental care, which includes educating them about the different types of sedation available.

Types of Sedation

At our Fort Walton Beach dental practice, we account for our patients’ needs before choosing a method of sedation. Our variety of options for increasing your comfort before a procedure include:

Nitrous oxide sedation – Also known as laughing gas, is a proven sedation method that is inhaled prior to receiving treatment. This method heavily relaxes the patient while allowing them to remain conscious and able to respond to our dentists throughout treatment.

Oral Medication – For some patients, Dr. Sutton will prescribe medication to assist in inducing relaxation. This form of sedation can be used alone or, to produce more significant results, in combination with other methods.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation – This method utilizes benzodiazepines to produce a heavily-sedated effect on the patient. Our anesthesiologist can adjust sedation levels to ensure patients are provided with an adequate level of comfort that allows Dr. Hill or Dr. Sutton to effectively administer treatment.

Additionally, we offer several different levels of sedation that can range between light, conscious sedation to deep, unconscious sedation to accommodate each individual accordingly.

Plan for your Appointment at Emerald Coast Dentistry

Once a patient schedules an appointment with us for sedation-assisted dental care, Drs. Sutton and Hill will walk patients through preparing for their procedure.

To ensure patient safety before and after their appointment, we ask patients who are to receive sedation assisted dental service to arrange a ride to and from our office. Remove any jewelry, dentures, contact lenses, or nail polish prior to inducing sedation. We also suggest patients wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to improve their comfort during treatment.

Call Us

If mild or severe dental anxiety is preventing you from necessary treatment, the sedation dental care provided by Dr. Erin Sutton or Dr. Thomas Hill can assist. For more information about our treatment options and to schedule a consultation, call or visit Emerald Family Dentistry in Fort Walton Beach today.


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Thank you for giving me the best dental visit experience I have ever had in my entire life!

From the time I walked in to the office and the time I walked out, it was first class! Actually, that is an understatement.

This was my first appointment and I had my teeth cleaned, fluoride application, x-rays, and a test for oral cancer as I did smoke in the past. It was with great relief that not only did I pass the oral cancer test, but my teeth and gums received an A+ from Jennifer, the girl who cleaned my teeth.
The x-rays were very comfortable in my mouth. Lightweight and with digital imagery.

The office even has a flat tv screen by my chair with remote in case I wanted to watch tv while getting my teeth cleaned.

I could go on and on, but the bottom line is instead of dreading my next dental visit, I am actually looking forward to it!

Tricia Kelly

I wanted to take a moment and share the treatment that my FAMILY has received from Emerald Coast Dentistry. We have been treated with exceptional professionalism, kindness and competency for every dental need we have required. From a son who started his dental requirements at 5 years old; filled with fear, to a father and mother with challenging schedules. Emerald Coast Dentistry has taken the time to truely get to know the invidual needs of our family and actually exceeds expectations for every visit. How often do you hear those words from a long term customer. Imagine, exceeding expectations for over 5 years under challenging circumstances. As a family, we feel very fortunate to be patients of Dr. Erin Sutton and her exceptional staff!

Sincerely, Scott, Beth, and Eric Brubaker

This was my first visit to Emerald Coast Dentistry and I was treated like one of the family. Doctors Sutton and Hills were extremely nice and patient with me and seemed concerned about my past dental problems. They never seemed to be in a hurry and I felt very confident in their treatment and proposed dental plan. I am very thankful I found them.

Margie Hughes

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