Procedures
Sedation Dentistry

Our dental office has been designed for your comfort. All of our fully windowed operatories look out onto a beautiful garden/waterfall/barn scene that is frequented by all types of wildlife. Patients comment on our peaceful setting daily. Combined with our knowledge of additional techniques of noise eliminating Bose headphones, painless injections, massaging chairs and superior skills, many people find they are completely able to receive their dental treatment without the use of additional medication.
However, fear of going to the dentist is more common than you would think. Past negative experiences dating back to even ones childhood can inhibit you from seeking the care you need and want. Often times pain, infections and or even hospitalizations finally drive you to seek care.

Dr. Hussong and our team are understanding of this very real hurdle and so we have three levels of sedation and associated techniques to make your visit comfortable and stress free.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide has been widely used in dentistry for over 100 years and can be safely used to treat many cases of mild anxiety when receiving dental care. It’s quick, generally only taking five minutes to start the relaxation process, can be easily adjusted to the level you need, and the effects quickly leave once the drug has been discontinued. This allows you to drive and resume your daily schedule immediately upon leaving our office without any escort.

Oral Premedication

Oral premedication is taking a pill prescribed by Dr. Hussong generally 2–3 hours prior to your appointment on an empty stomach. A monitor may or may not be used depending on the level of sedation desired and achieved. The level of sedation is much less predictable than with IV sedation and generally takes much longer to achieve and much harder to adjust because the drug has to be absorbed through the digestive system and then into the blood stream. Interestingly, this type of sedation generally ends up costing more than the fee for IV sedation.

IV Sedation

Dr. Hussong belongs to a very elite group of Wisconsin general dentists who are trained and accredited to offer IV sedation. For over 35 years Dr. Hussong has helped people finally receive the care they have been longing for but were frozen with fear.  We believe that IV sedation helps us maximize our mission of providing empathetic care and treatment to our patients in a relaxing environment.

IV sedation is fast, painless and the most effective method of sedation. Because the medication is going directly into the bloodstream and being monitored and adjusted to your individual needs by Dr. Hussong, there is no safer, more efficient, or more economical way to achieve this deeper and predictable level of comfort. Most people feel their appointment was reduced to mere minutes and many have no memory of what occurred. The relief from pain, suffering and mental anguish is finally over!

If you have any questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please give us a call!

Learn More About the Excellent Care We Provide

With decades of experience providing expert family, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to patients and their families, Dr. Hussong proudly serves Rib Lake, Tomahawk, Rhinelander, Minocqua, Wausau and all surrounding Wisconsin communities. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call our Tomahawk office at 715-453-5321, or our Rib Lake office at 715-427-3733.