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Sedation Dentistry

Are you afraid of going to the dentist? Does sitting in the chair make you nervous or uncomfortable? If so, you are not alone.

Thanks to sedation dentistry, Drs. David and Joseph Sutton can make your next dental visit a positive and anxiety-free experience.

Learn how sedation methods allow patients in Newport, Morristown, and Sevierville, TN, get the dentistry treatments they need.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry refers to different methods used to induce a deep state of relaxation. Though some people call it "sleep dentistry," the truth is that individuals are typically awake during sedation.

It's different from the use of local anesthetic to minimize pain. With sedation dentistry, patients feel extremely calm, but are free from sensations of fear and anxiety.

Our Newport office is proud to offer three different kinds of sedation to keep patients calm during their treatment.

Are You Ready to Relax in the Dentist's Chair? Contact Our Practice

Whether you need a checkup, impressions, X-rays, or cosmetic dentistry, sedation can make the process much safer and easier. Countless patients in Newport, Morristown, and Sevierville, TN, have been able to get the dental treatment they've needed thanks to the use of sedation.

Drs. David and Joseph Sutton always put your well-being first. As patient-centered general and cosmetic dentists, they will work to ensure you feel welcome from the moment you enter the door. We want to build a community full of healthy, beautiful smiles.

For more information about sedation dentistry and how it can help you, contact our office.

Call for Anxiety-Free Dentistry

(423) 623-1307

Newport Family Dental Care, PLLC
Meet with our general and cosmetic dentists in Newport, TN, who care about your comfort.

From Morristown to Sevierville, TN, Patients Feel at Ease in Our Office


Gaylelynne Norwood

Newport, TN


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I LOVE all the ladies and Dr Joseph. I love that every procedure is a learning opportunity and I love that they are on the cutting edge of any new technology. Did I forget to mention they are painless?

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Pamela Sanchez

Newport, TN


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The nicest most professional people you will have the pleasure of meeting. Would recommend Hannah and the staff to anyone looking for a caring dentist office . Thank you all for all you done today Pamela

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Which Procedures Can Sedation Dentistry Make More Comfortable?

Whether a patient wants cosmetic care like veneers or needs restorative treatment like implants, sedation is a versatile solution. With sedation dentistry, your possibilities go from limited to nearly limitless. Some of the most frequently requested dental treatments that can be paired with relaxing sedation include:

Multiple Sedation Options Available

We offer three different types of dental sedation at our Newport, TN, practice: nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, and IV sedation. All are effective and can help you achieve your dental health goals.

Nitrous Oxide

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Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used at many dental practices. The gas is odorless and colorless. The process is so safe and mild that you can drive yourself home after the nitrous oxide wears off. This form of sedation can also be administered to children who feel anxious during dental visits.

Thanks to laughing gas, individuals can reach a relaxed state without needles or shots.

Administering Nitrous Oxide

Dr. David Sutton can administer this type of sedation. It's dispersed while individuals are lying back in the dentist's chair. Using a mask that fits over the nose, patients will inhale a steady, controlled flow of nitrous oxide gas until they have reached a tranquil state.

When enough gas has been inhaled, we can then proceed with the dentistry procedure. Patients can rest easy while we do the rest of the work.

Oral Sedation

If an individual needs a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide, we may recommend oral sedation. This sedation method uses prescription sedative drugs.

Though patients will be conscious, the sedatives can bring them to a much deeper level of relaxation.

Administering Oral Sedatives

Oral sedatives come in pill or liquid form. The process requires patients to take their sedative drugs before they come to our dental facility. It is crucial that the directions are followed to the letter since dosage and timing matters.

After taking the medication, the patient is driven to the office by a loved one. By the time their visit begins, the sedative will have taken effect, achieving that deeper level of relaxation. The general or cosmetic dentistry procedure can go on as planned.

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IV Sedation

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We're continually dedicated to updating our techniques and technology, so you have an incredible dental experience at our Newport office. Now, we offer our most calming sedation option yet.

The state of Tennessee has approved Dr. Joseph Sutton to provide IV sedation. With IV sedation, you are awake but entirely at ease. You'll likely have very few memories of your treatment—or none at all—which can be reassuring for those with dental anxiety.

Administering IV Sedation

Dr. Joseph Sutton administers this form of sedation intravenously. This direct method allows it to work quickly, for a deeper level of calm than oral sedation or nitrous oxide can provide.

IV sedation is safe and can be adjusted throughout your procedure depending on your needs. Once the procedure is complete, you may need about 6-12 hours for the sedation to fully wear off. Like with oral sedation, you'll need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home from your appointment with us in Newport.

Weighing Your Options


All three of our sedation options are effective, but one may be better for your dental health needs. During your consultation, we can go over the dental work required and discuss why one sedation method may be more ideal for your situation.

"I can honestly say that I was truly impressed with Newport Family Dental!...Had a very nice welcoming, did not have to wait long at all! The doctor and staff were extremely professional! The exam room very was clean and organized! I would definitely recommend this office for your dental needs! I’m definitely going back! Another plus was that I was new in town, and the experience was like I’ve been going there for years!" Jeannine Toepke

Visit Cocke County's Single Source for Sedation Dentistry

Our dentists understand that there are plenty of reasons why patients may avoid dental care. We're not here to judge—we're here to help. In service of that philosophy, Dr. Joseph Sutton was inspired to become approved by the state of Tennessee to offer sedation.

We are the only dental office in Cocke County to offer sedation. As a result, patients from Morristown to Sevierville, TN, happily travel to see our understanding team.

From anxiety to difficulty sitting still, sedation dentistry can empower patients to seek the care they need or want. We can use it to calm you during general, cosmetic, or restorative dental procedures. To get started, request a consultation with our Newport team or call:

(423) 465-3006

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Considering implants? Want to refine your appearance with cosmetic treatment? Our dentistry practice provides sedation to make your goals an achievable, stress-free reality.

Sedation Dentistry Cost How Much Will I Pay?


The cost of sedation dentistry itself can range from $300 to $500. The final cost of the completed dental procedure will depend on the sedation method used, the treatment performed, and other factors. We can go over payment and financing options during your visit.

Three Ways We Make It Easier To Cover Treatment

Getting Free Laughing Gas
With Our Smile Savers Plan

Traditional dental insurance doesn't usually cover sedation, but our in-house Smile Saver Plan does. It provides free laughing gas to members, as well as 15% savings on all dentistry procedures that are not fully covered. (Some exclusions apply.)

Receiving Free Nitrous Oxide
With Our New Patient Offer

Worried about visiting us? We have a special offer where new visitors can get laughing gas at their first appointment. That way, it's easy for you to finally seek the dental care you need.

Paying Over Time
With Financing

Our Newport, TN, team accepts financing from two different lenders so you can pay for your treatment on your own schedule. We accept financing through CareCredit® and Quality Dental Plan.

"I received top notch care from everyone." Why Tennessee Trusts Our Team


michael harriss

Newport, TN


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Newport Family Dental Care has state of the art technology and ability to help each patient with their dental health. The team members are very friendly and attentive to patients. Hygiene team is very good with thorough exams and cleanings. Very pleased with the care. Recommend Smile Saver program.

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Judy Griffin

Newport, TN


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The staff at Newport family dental were all super kind and professional. I received top notch care from everyone involved. I would highly recommended anyone looking for top notch dental care to make and appointment!

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Newport Family Dental Care

Newport Family Dental Care

The experienced dental team at Newport Family Dental Care provides a wide range of treatments. Our dentists are affiliated with a number of highly respected professional associations, including:

  • Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry
  • American Academy for Oral Systemic Health
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

We invite you to schedule an appointment at our Newport, TN, dental office, by contacting us online or calling (423) 623-1307

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