Southern York Smile Care

Comprehensive Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

The best sedation dentistry services are available at Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury, PA
Treat dental anxiety with Dr. Haywood


Many patients have had traumatic experiences in dentistry, or have other dental phobias about their treatment preventing them from getting the care they need.

This can result in severe consequences, like gum disease, tooth decay, or even tooth and bone loss. At Southern York Smile Care in Shrewsbury, your comfort is our priority. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry to meet your individual comfort needs and make your visit stress-free. Best of all, you’ll leave our office with a smile that you can’t get anywhere else.



With sedation, Dr. Haywood can work more effectively by creating a safe and comfortable experience for patients with dental anxiety or fear. Our practice offers several sedation methods depending on your individual needs, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation dentistry, and general anesthesia.
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We’ll provide you with a small pill to take an hour before your scheduled appointment. This form of sedation will help patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, allowing you to feel completely relaxed and at ease. Though you’ll be awake for the procedure with mild conscious sedation, you’ll likely forget most of your visit and require someone to drive you home afterward.
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Your comfort and safety are our utmost priority, which is why we’ll go the extra mile to ensure you feel completely relaxed throughout your visit. To learn more about dental anxiety treatment options, call us at (717) 235-3871 or fill out a convenient contact form on this page. We look forward to meeting you and building the beautiful, healthy smile you have always wanted.


IV sedation dentistry is an excellent option for patients who have failed oral conscious sedation or have extensive treatment needs. During anesthesia, you’ll be given IV medication to assist in falling into a deep state of sleep.


Dr. Haywood works with a well-established, experienced anesthesiologist to assist patients throughout their procedure. We’ll be constantly monitoring your progress, making any corrections or handling any concerns that may arise.
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”Sleep” through your dental procedures in comfort and relax without anxiety or fear Dr. Haywood and our Shrewsbury team will do everything we can to ensure that you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout your visit. Sedation dentistry is helpful for patients with:

Bad gag reflex

Low pain tolerance

Previous negative dental experiences

Dental anxiety or phobias

Fear of dental tools or equipment

Sensitive oral nerves

Receiving an extensive procedure

TMJ Treatment, Oral Surgery Extractions, and Restorative Dentistry in Shrewsbury, PA


TMJ / TMJ Treatment

Do you have fear of dental treatments, panic disorders, or severe gagging problems? You can have all of your dental care performed while you “sleep.” Our gentle and compassionate dental staff can help you choose one of our options for dental sedation that is right for you. Dental anxiety is common. Let Southern York Smile Care help you achieve total oral wellness comfortably and without anxiety.

Oral Surgery Extractions

Dr. Haywood provides surgical extractions for teeth that are severely damaged, impacted under the bone, or that cannot be removed intact and must be removed in separate pieces. Surgical extractions can be done while experiencing a mild form of oral sedation or by using just profound local anesthesia. Your comfort is our main concern.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is the integration of art and technology that helps our clients achieve both the function and beauty of an amazing smile. Dental crowns, dental bridges, safe root canals, white fillings, and dental bonding are expertly performed at Southern York Smile Care. Dr. Haywood and his gentle team are eager to help you restore your teeth.

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Get your answers about sedation dentistry is Shrewbury, PA


Will I benefit from dental sedation?

Dr. Haywood recommends sedation so that patients with dental anxiety and fear can receive the essential care they need and deserve. Common signs that you may benefit from sedation dentistry include:

How long will I be sedated?

Dental sedation can last from two to six hours, depending on several important factors. This can include the type used, strength of sedation, and procedure length. At your consultation, Dr. Haywood will determine the best sedation method for you and explain any necessary information before your procedure.


Will I be monitored?

Yes! You will be closely monitored throughout your procedure, regardless of which sedation method is used. Our Shrewsbury staff, including an experienced anesthesiologist, will monitor your vitals to ensure they remain at a normal, healthy level. From the moment you walk into our office, we’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure you have a comfortable and safe experience.


How much does sedation dentistry cost?

Relaxing gas is a fee per visit and is around $100. Our offices provide an affordable dental sedation using oral medication and we charge a one time fee of $405 for that service for a lifetime. General anesthesia involves paying another medical provider and the going rate is $500 per hour with a minimum charge of 4 hours for the procedure time only. It usually is the best value to have more work done at one time to minimize the fees from the dental anesthesiologist.

Are there any long-term effects of sedation?

No, there are no long-term effects of sedation. You’ll likely feel groggy and dazed after your procedure when using either sedation method. This should subside within a few hours, but we strongly recommend planning a designated driver to take you home after your procedure.


What do dentists use to sedate you?

Dentists have a variety of methods that they can use to sedate you. The most common is a gas called nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas. This gas is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a mask you wear during your appointment. It causes you to feel calm and relaxed. Dentists may also give you a sedative oral medication that will make you sleepy. This type of sedation is called oral conscious sedation and it is intended to relax you. Some patients, however, will actually fall asleep and not remember much about the procedure. General anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist, each of whom have routine medications they prefer to use according to their training, patient need, and their personal preferences.