Sadation Dentistry

Advanced Dental Care is Springfield's Center
for Sedation Dentistry.



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Once you have experienced sedation dentistry at Advanced Dental Care with Dr. VanderMolen, you will probably never be afraid to go to the dentist again.

You will be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were relaxing. After treatment, you will be refreshed, with little or no memory of what was accomplished. Because you are completely comfortable, Dr. VanderMolen can complete many dental treatments in one or two visits.

Dr. VanderMolen can replace crowns or dentures, treat gum disease, whiten yellow or stained teeth, fix chipped teeth and more. People with very busy schedules can get the dental care they need, easily and quickly.

Imagine being able to smile with confidence and chew your food without pain. No wonder so many patients say: “Thank you Dr. VanderMolen. Sedation dentistry has changed my life.”

If you have anxiety about going to the dentist, sedation dentistry at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield could be right for you. Dr. VanderMolen is a leading sedation dentist in central Illinois who is well-trained and experienced in sedation dentistry. Contact Advanced Dental Care to schedule your appointment today.

Frequently Asked Sedation Dentistry Questions

How Is Sedation Done?

You are given a small pill to take prior to your dental appointment. Your friend or family member companion will accompany you to the office. By the time you arrive, you will be relaxed and drowsy.

When you arrive in our office, you will be escorted to one of our comfortable rooms, covered with a warm blanket and placed on a monitor to watch your vital signs. You will be given additional sedation medications as needed. After you are comfortable, Dr. VanderMolen and his experienced dental team at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield will take care of your dental needs.

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


What Does It Feel Like To Be Sedated For Dental Treatment?

You will be relaxed and “removed” from what is going on. You will “float” through the treatment time in complete comfort, unaware of the dental treatment being completed while you rest.


What Will I Feel Like After My Sedation Visit?

Some people feel sleepy and nap when they get home. Most people report little or no memory of dental treatment after it is complete which makes for an even more overall positive experience. Also, perhaps because sedated patients are so relaxed, they have limited or no discomfort in the days following their treatment.


Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Sedation dentistry, performed under the supervision of specially-trained dentists, has an admirable safety record. While any treatment has potential risks and benefits, the risks of properly administered sedation are quite low. The fewer medications that are used, the safer the treatment tends to be. Our office features a simple and uncomplicated sedation program. For extra safety, “reversing agents” are available that can counteract the sedation medications within a few minutes.


What Special Training Is Required To Do Sedation Dentistry?

The American Dental Association requires the completion of a rigorous 60 hour course of study. There are stringent requirements for the course content, including extensive practical experience sedating patients and extensive “classroom” instruction. Dr. VanderMolen is a graduate of the 80-hour program at the UCLA School of Dentistry under the direction of Dr. John Yagiela who is one of the nation’s leading experts on dental sedation and anesthesia. Dr. VanderMolen is also certified in advanced cardiac life support. Comparatively, few general dentists, have fulfilled these requirements, so relatively few dentists can provide sedation to their patients. It was important to Dr. VanderMolen to invest the time and make the commitment to make sedation dentistry available in the Springfield area.


Can I Have Sedation Dentistry In Your Office If I Have My Own “Regular Dentist?”

Of course you can. Many area dentists refer their patients who could benefit from sedation to our office. Dr. VanderMolen would be happy to provide you with a comprehensive examination to determine your treatment needs, and determine if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry.

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