Relieving Dental Anxiety

Holladay, UT

At Holladay Dental Studio, we understand that some patients can be anxious or even fearful of visiting the dentist’s office. These fears can be the result of a bad experience at another office or of nothing at all – either way, it’s okay to be afraid! At our office, we work to create a comfortable and safe environment for our patients. In addition to providing a fun and friendly staff, we offer several sedation options as well as other comfort amenities in order to relieve your dental anxiety.


Nitrous oxide is the substance that most patients know as “laughing gas.” Once the gas is inhaled, you will feel more relaxed and at ease. The effects easily wear off after a few minutes. This form of sedation is often used for short, uncomplicated procedures and is great for nervous children and adults.


Oral conscious sedation is the type of sedation most commonly used at our office. Oral sedation is a pill that is ingested, preferably on an empty stomach. It takes a while for the drug to take effect, but when it does, you will feel very relaxed and sleepy. With this type of sedation, you will be conscious throughout the procedure, but experiences will be dulled and more comfortable. This type of sedation is great for most levels of fear and for medium-intensity procedures.


IV sedation is reserved for the longest and most complicated procedures. We do not offer this type of sedation on a day-to-day basis. While our staff can administer the other types of sedation, IV sedation must be administered by a specialist. IV sedation is administered through an IV directly into your bloodstream. This provides a deeper level of sedation, letting you sleep throughout the procedure. When you wake up, you will not remember sounds or smells from the treatment. Though not for everyone, IV sedation is great for those who have severe anxiety, fear, or phobia of the dentist. Ask about how you can schedule an IV sedation–assisted appointment.


In addition to our sedation dentistry solutions, we offer various other benefits that help to make our patients feel more comfortable and at ease while visiting our office.

    • Longer appointments – At Holladay Dental Studio, we have the ability to schedule longer appointments. This allows us to take our time with your procedure, lets you have time to relax, and creates less rush and bustle overall.
    • Single-appointment treatments – When possible, we try to take care of as much of your treatment as we can in just one office visit. Can we do those fillings same-day? Sure! We do not want to waste your time with unnecessary visits! This is also great for people who have pre-visit anxiety – fewer visits equals less stress!
    • Semi-private operatories – Some patients just need more privacy in order to feel more comfortable. This is no problem at Holladay Dental Studio. We try to provide our patients as much privacy as possible during their procedures.
    • Televisions in every operatory – Need a little bit of a distraction to keep you calm during your visit? We have televisions in all four of our operatories. Watch your favorite TV show while Dr. Ericksen works on your teeth. Sit back and relax! This helps the time pass faster – we’ll have you in and out before you know it!

Even if you are anxious or fearful about visiting the dentist, Dr. Ericksen and his staff at Holladay Dental Studio can make you feel comfortable. If you have any questions about our accommodations or would like to make an appointment, please call our office at 801-618-0591. You can also send us a message using our online form. Let us help relieve your dental anxiety.


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