Oral Sedation Dentistry



You deserve a COMFORTABLE and RELAXING dental experience


Oral sedation dentistry, also known as relaxation, sleep or anxiety free dentistry, allows patients who have anxiety, fear, sensitive gag reflexes or time restrictions to have all their dentistry needs taken care of in a single, safe and comfortable environment.

During this procedure, sedative medication is administered that helps the patient relax, by slowing the action of the central nervous system. Patients remain aware of their surroundings, but are less responsive to external stimuli, like the sound of the drill or the smell of the materials. The number of patients who are afraid of the dentist can be as high as 20 percent. For these individuals and many others, sedative medication can make oral care easier to tolerate. When patients are comfortable – but still awake – the dentist is able to proceed more efficiently.


How are the sedatives administered?

Sedatives are given to patients in a variety of ways, including by mouth, under the tongue, or inhaled through the nose.

Are there going to be any side effects?

In addition to creating a feeling of deep relaxation, sedative medication may produce other effects. Patients may feel the hours pass very quickly or otherwise retain little memory of their time in the dental office.

Is a consultation required?

Yes, due to every patient’s health history being unique. A consultation appointment is required, prior to any oral sedation being administered.

How should I expect to feel during treatment?

Most patients feel calmer and more relaxed after taking sedative medication. Patients will remain alert, responsive and will be able to answer questions.

What will recovery be like?

For longer appointments, the remainder of the day should be taken off. For shorter appointments, only half a day may be necessary. Patients need to stay hydrated and drink lots of fluids. There will be limitations to driving and lifting heavy machinery within the first 24 hours.

Will my insurance cover this?

Every insurance plan is different. To make sure there are no surprise fees after the insurance payment, WNY Dental will always send out a pre-authorization to verify coverage ahead of time.

Do I need to prepare for the sedation visit?

You may receive a prescription to take the night before, the day of your appointment to guarantee a good night’s sleep and to make sure you wake up relaxed. You will also be needing a companion to drive you to the appointment. Your driver will stay in the building for the duration of the appointment.


Dr. Williams, who joined WNY Dental Group in 2016, administers the conscious oral sedation from the group’s Depew location. Dr. Williams decided to obtain his additional license when he saw how many patients have anxiety and time restrictions when it comes to having dental work completed. Dr. Williams has vast experience in working with medically complex patients, nervous/anxious patients and operating room dentistry.

I take care of people, not just teeth. Dentistry is unique, in that we often have many options to solve a problem. I work with the patient to provide the best solution for them. –  Dr. Philip Williams



Our Story

Our goal at Western New York Dental Group is to provide the highest quality family, cosmetic and specialty dentistry to our patients.

It has been that way since 1972 when two dental school classmates, Drs. Roland Bergler and Robert Gianadda, had a vision of creating an enduring practice that would raise overall dental health in the Western New York community.

We treat our patients in modern facilities using state of the art technology. We provide a caring dental experience with family-like hospitality. We strive to be leaders in the communities we serve.

We’re a practice with a big picture view of dental care that focuses on your individual needs

Our dentists, specialists and professional staff will do whatever it takes to make your visits as comfortable as possible while providing the highest level of dental care. We’ll be open and honest with you about the best treatment alternatives available and help you make an informed decision about the care you’ll receive based on your own personal needs.

We Take Care Beyond Your Dental Care

When you visit our dental practice, you’ll experience our care and attention to safeguarding your overall health, not only your dental needs. We have created a safe and healthy environment for all of our patients by meeting or exceeding approved standards.

It’s Also What’s Behind the Scenes That Counts

At Western New York Dental Group, you’ll be greeted and treated by caring professionals all working together to make your experience a positive one. Our staff is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care in a pleasant and informative environment. We participate with most dental insurance plans allowing you to receive the dental care you need while minimizing out-of-pocket costs. Your dental plan is probably among them!

Best Foods for Healthy Smiles

While eating throughout the day, we don’t tend to give our teeth much thought. Sugary foods and temperature extremes can cause a great deal of stress to our teeth. To ensure optimal oral health, prevention is a much better alliterative to treatment.

Healthy dental routines such as regular brushing and flossing are important to ensure a healthy smile. But did you also know that your diet has an impact on your oral health? Try to avoid foods that are sticky, or get wedged in our teeth. These types of foods can loosen fillings, and even cause a disruption to crown.

Healthy alternatives to ensure a bright and healthy smile include nuts, cheeses, and milk. The high levels of calcium and phosphorus in these foods can help strengthen and protect tooth enamel.  Also, foods with a high water contact are the best for your teeth, such as fruits and vegetables. The water contained in these foods helps to wash away bacteria and dilute sugar effects.

The most important aspect of a healthy smile is to ensure a regular preventive dentistry routine. Request an appointment today with your favorite Western New York Dental Group practice location, and keep on smiling!


Coffee, Tea, and Your Smile

For most of us, a morning cup of coffee or tea is the best way to begin a new day. But have you ever considered the effect your morning beverage (or mid-day pick-me up) has on your teeth?

Coffee and tea contains a substance called tannic acid—which can stain your teeth brown by appearing in ridges and on the flat surfaces of your tooth enamel. It has often been shown that by adding cream or milk to coffee or tea can help prevent tannic acids from staining your teeth.

If your morning coffee or tea accompanies you on your commute, consider drinking a bottle of water after your beverage of choice. Drinking water will help to wash away some of the tannic acid, until you are able to brush your teeth. Also, drinking iced coffee or tea through a straw helps prevent the liquid from coming in direct contact with your tooth enamel.

And also, don’t forget that professional tooth whitening at Western New York Dental Group is always an option to ensure a bright and healthy smile!


Three Common Signs of Cavities

We don’t know many people who enjoy thinking about cavities, but the sooner you can identify one, a restorative dentistry appointment can scheduled to remedy the problem and avoid more series issues.

Here are three signs you may have a cavity, and should schedule an appointment at your favorite Western New York Dental Group practice location:

Pain: If your teeth hurt, it very well could be a cavity.

Sensitivity: Is there an area in your mouth that is sensitive to cold, hot, or sugary foods?

Unpleasant Breath: Oftentimes, untreated cavities can cause unpleasant breath due to bacteria accumulation.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, request an appointment today at your favorite Western New York Dental Group location.


Why Floss?

Flossing is a very important aspect of your oral hygiene routine. Flossing is an effective way to clean the areas where cavities are most likely to develop—the tiniest and most difficult to reach areas in your mouth.

Flossing is critical to preventing tooth loss and gum disease. It is also an important preventive dentistry measure, as it can prevent future oral surgery costs.

Here are some pointers to help you get the most out of flossing:

Use What Works for You: Some people prefer traditional ribbon floss, while other prefer floss pics with easy to use handles. Find the option that you are most comfortable with, and that works well for you.

Be Gentle: Flossing is not a race — navigate the floss gently between your teeth, in a sawing motion. Do not quickly jab the floss in the crevices of your teeth, as this can damage your gums.

Clean the Sides: Pull the floss sideways and clean the sides of your teeth.

Don’t Forget the Back: a common area people forget to floss is the back sides of the last teeth.