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Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety and health conditions can make people put off going to the dentist. 

Sedation dentistry can help patients of Flowood, MS, relax and receive the dental treatment they need for a healthy smile.

Dr. Danny O'Keefe and his team have nearly 100 years of combined experience making dental patients feel comfortable during dental treatment.

What is Sedation Dentistry? 

Sedation dentistry aims to provide a comfortable and relaxing environment for those that struggle with dental visits. Sedation options can range depending on the patient's needs.

What Problems Can Sedation Dentistry Help?


Dental anxiety is a common condition in the United States. According to the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), around 50 to 80% of adults have anxiety surrounding the dentistry office. This fear results in irregular dental visits and more significant oral wellness problems. Sedation dentistry can help calm your nerves around dental treatments and get you into our office sooner. 

Trouble Sitting Still

Sitting still can be difficult for people with cerebral palsy or Parkinson's Disease. You can be stuck in the same chair at the dentist for quite some time. Sedation options can help patients remain comfortable when seated for this extended time. 

Sensitive Gag Reflex

Patients with a sensitive gag reflex can find the dentistry office an uncomfortable experience. Patients can find comfort with sedation dentistry.

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth and gums can make going to the dentist a painful and uncomfortable experience. We make dental appointments at our Flowood, MS, dental office a virtually painless experience with sedation dentistry.

Long Dental Procedures

If you're getting a ton of dental work done in one sitting, such as a smile makeover, the process can be tedious to sit through. Sedation dentistry can help the time pass quickly.

Don't Delay Your Dental Appointment Any Longer.

If you've put off going to the dentist out of fear, sensitivity, or any of the problems above, take back control of your oral wellness with sedation dentistry. Drs. O'Keefe and Belote at Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, make going to the dentist a comfortable process. Schedule an appointment and say yes to dental care by calling us at:

(601) 936-2526

Or reach us online

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"I used to have a dental phobia
but the staff and doctor put me at ease."
5-star reviews from patients at our Flowood, MS, dentistry office.


Rhonda Maberry


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Professional and very caring. I used to have a dental phobia but the staff and doctor put me at ease. They are the best!!!

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Kathi Clanton


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The staff went out of their way to make me feel at ease and comfortable during my appointment, very impressed!

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Relax With Sedatives

Hear what patients think about sedation dental care at our Flowood, MS, office.

Relax With Sedatives

You Have Options

Smiling woman relaxing in a dental chair.
Mississippi patients can choose between sedatives that come in the form of gas, IV medicine, and oral pills.

Who is Not a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Our office in Flowood, MS, offers several sedation options to help cater to various patients' needs. However, one or more sedation options may not be suitable for you.

Nitrous Oxide

Laughing gas sedation is safe for almost all patients, including children and the elderly, because it is non-allergenic. However, nitrous oxide is not recommended for patients with the following conditions:

  • Pregnant women in their first trimester
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Middle ear infections
  • Chronic asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis

Oral Conscious Sedation and IV Sedation

By reviewing your medical history and current medication list, your dentist can determine if oral conscious sedation is right for you. Patients may not qualify for oral conscious sedation or IV sedation if on a particular medication or with certain health conditions, such as: 

  • Sleep apnea
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Blood pressure medication

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Our doctors prioritize your safety before, during, and after the entire dental procedure. 

Before your procedure, we analyze your medical history to ensure dental sedation is safe for you. We cater to each of our patients as individuals and take the time to listen and address your concerns.

On the day of the procedure, Dr. O’Keefe and his staff, including an anesthesiologist, will monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure. If you start to have problems, Dr. O’Keefe and his staff are trained to assist you immediately.

After your procedure, our doctors will call to see how you're recovering. We're with you every step of the way.

Drs. O'Keefe and Belote at Family Dental Care

"We have moved out of state but we will continue to return." More 5-star reviews from happy Flowood, MS, patients. 


Amaryillis Wallace


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They are the Best. My special needs son has been a patient for years. The entire staff makes us feel so welcomed and cared for. Their patience with Sean is amazing he leaves happy and not stressed, with beautiful clean teeth. We have moved out of state but we will continue to return for his dental care. I highly recommend!

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First and foremost the BEST dentist office i’ve ever been to!!! They make you feel at home, they’re kind, and TRUTHFUL. I didn’t wait long and I wasn’t there long.. I would definitely recommend Family Dental Care to EVERYONE!

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Dr. Danny O'Keefe

Family Dental Care

At Family Dental Care in Flowood, MS, Dr. Danny O'Keefe and his experienced team provide patients from throughout the greater Jackson area with superior general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Our office is equipped with modern dental technology and we offer complete sedation services to enhance patient comfort. Dr. O'Keefe is affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Mississippi Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

To schedule an appointment, please fill out our online form or call (601) 936-2526.

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"This office has the most professional dentists and dental staff. They treat you like family every time you're there. I've been a patient for over 15 years and I don't plan on leaving anytime soon." Rita O., Current Patient

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