Highgrove Dental Care
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  • Dental Office St. Paul MN
  • Dental Office St. Paul MN
  • Dental Office St. Paul MN

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Welcome to Our Practice

We feature pain-free and sedation dentistry to make your patient experience comfortable and relaxed. Even if you have had difficulty getting and staying numb or you have some catching up to do when it comes to your dentistry, we can help you achieve and maintain excellent oral health. We look forward to welcoming your entire family to our Saint Paul, MN dental office.


"Dr. O'Neill is a perfectionist! He knows the latest techniques and has the most updated equipment. He is very thorough in his assessments and is knowledgeable. I highly recommend him. Great, friendly staff. Very professional." - Mary Dunnavan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sedation Dentistry

How can we help you?

We will always take the time to answer your questions to your satisfaction. It is important to us that you fully understand your conditions and treatment options. Here are some of the most common questions we hear. If yours is not listed here, give us a call and we will be happy to answer it.

Sedation Dentistry

A man smiles | Sedation Dentistry in St. Paul MNWe will take a thorough medical history and review your medications and,  possibly,  consult with your doctor if appropriate before determining if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry.  Most people are good candidates for sedation dentistry.  We will continuously monitor your pulse, blood pressure and blood oxygenation with a pulse oximeter during your treatment.  

The protocol that we use was developed by Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS)  and has been used hundreds of thousands of times with an unparalleled safety record.  The medications are near instantly reversible with a reversal agent that we keep on hand along with other emergency medications. After hundreds of sedation appointments we have had no occasion to use the reversal agent. 

Scheduling an Appointment With Sedation 

If you have more questions about sedation dentistry or to schedule your appointment, give us a call at Highgrove Dental Care today!

An image of a tooth over a white background | Sedation Dentistry St. Paul MNIf you have put off dental care due to a fear of the dentist or because you have had a negative experience in the past, you may be looking for an option that makes your treatment easier and more relaxing. Sedation dentistry provides that for many of our patients. In order to determine if sedation dentistry is a safe option for you, we will perform a full medical history and medication list.

Many people want to have dental treatment that is completely stress-free. If you are looking for a St. Paul dentist that offers anxiety and stress-free dentistry, you have come to the right place. The medications that we use have a high amnesic quality. Most people have little or no memory of their treatment, though they can still respond to us during their treatment. It is as if they were asleep during their treatment and any fleeting memories will seem more like a dream. This is one of our patients' favorite benefits when it comes to sedation dentistry!

Oral Sedation

Sedation dentistry requires a prescription, which we will provide, prior to your treatment. Once you are completely relaxed, we will begin treatment. This is a great option for patients who have anxiety or difficulty getting numb.

If you want a dentist in St. Paul who offers sedation dentistry, give us a call today!


A Woman gets her teeth cleaned | Sedation Dentist St. Paul MNUnconscious would mean that I could not wake you up. I use conscious oral sedation which means that I could ask you how you feel or ask you to close down to check your bite. But, most patients have little or no memory of their treatment. It is like you were asleep for your whole appointment. Most patients remember coming to their appointment and leaving the office and not much in between. Some patients lose the memory from the whole day. 

Further Sedation Questions

Please, don't hesitate to contact our St. Paul, MN dental office today, if you've got more questions about sedation dentistry. We'll be happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have regarding our sedation practices. 

a man gets his mouth worked on by a dental hygienist | Sedation Dentist St. Paul MNWhen St. Paul dentists, John Grittner, DDS and Jadilyn Nguyen Grittner, DDS, hear that one of our patients has an extreme level of anxiety when it comes to dental treatment, they have a perfect solution - sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry requires the use of a powerful oral medication to help you relax. This is especially useful for patients who:

  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Suffer from a strong gag reflex
  • Have lengthy treatment appointments
  • Require extensive dental work
  • Have fear or anxiety when it comes to the dentist
  • Have had a negative experience in the past

The effects of sedation will last beyond your appointment time, leaving you a little groggy. You will not be in pain, however, or feel unpleasant in any way. The lingering effects of sedation dentistry actually leave you in a completely relaxed state. You may decide to nap, watch a movie, or just relax for the rest of the day. Typically, upon waking the next morning, you will be able to go about your regular schedule. You may feel a little tired, but otherwise back to normal.

Planning To Be Picked Up After Your Appointment

It is important to note that due to the lingering grogginess associated with sedation dentistry, you will need an adult driver to and from your sedation dentistry appointment and someone to stay with you the rest of the day.

If you are looking for a dentist in St. Paul who offers sedation dentistry, give us a call today!

a group of hands in a circle | St. Paul dentistWith so many choices for your dental care, having a dental team that treats you the way you want to be treated is important. At Highgrove Dental Care, we place the needs of our patients first. Our dentists have learned a lot about what keeps patients away from the dental chair and what keeps them coming back.

Many patients are fearful – We address this concern with the compassion and kindness that it deserves. No matter why you feel apprehensive about coming to the dentist, we stay focused on putting your mind at ease. When combined with our experienced and caring team, sedation dentistry takes the anxiety out of your dental procedures. Sedation dentistry relies on medication to take the fear out of your treatment. This is especially helpful for patients with a strong gag reflex or physical conditions that prohibit staying still – such as Parkinson’s. It also benefits people who have extensive treatment to complete.

Pain-Free Dentistry

Yes, pain-free dental care is a real possibility! Everyone’s body reacts to anesthetic differently. We use the latest in buffered onset delivery of anesthetic to make sure you achieve maximum numbness quickly and that you stay comfortable throughout your procedure.

Call us to learn more about how we can give you an exceptional experience – every time.

a man smiles as he hikes | sedation dentistry in St. Paul, MNIt is very common for our patients to have anxiety about going to the dentist. Many people fear having to sit through procedures for long periods of time. Fortunately, here in our office we offer conscious sedation dentistry to help ease your anxiety and get you the dental care that you need.

Pros of Sedation Dentistry

Yes, we have treated hundreds of people just like you who were terrified of the dentist. Sedation dentistry is easy, safe, efficient and amazingly effective for even the most phobic dental patient.  Contact us and come in for a free consultation in our consultation office and you won't even need to go into the dental operatory.

a woman sits in the dental chair | sedation dentist St. Paul, MNAre you looking for a sedation dentist in St. Paul? John Grittner, DDS and Jadilyn Nguyen Grittner, DDS can help!

We provide comfortable, stress-free dentistry for many patients who have avoided care due to fear of the dentist. This is particularly useful in larger cases and longer appointments. With sedation dentistry, your treatment will feel like it flies by.

Unlike nitrous oxide, a mild form of sedation that enters and leaves your system quickly, oral sedation medication has some lingering effects. The benefit is that most people achieve a deeply relaxed state and have little to no memory of their treatment. Our patients love this feature! As a result, however, you will need someone to drive you to our office and to drive you home after being sedated.

Other Recommendations for After Sedation Dentistry

It is also a good idea to have someone stay with you for the rest of the day, as you may feel a little groggy, so having someone there to supervise you adds additional safety to your recovery. You should also avoid making big decisions for the rest of the day. You can relax for the rest of the day and resume your normal activities the morning after your treatment is complete.

If you are looking for a St. Paul dentist that can help you have the treatment you need to stay healthy, while ensuring your comfort and relaxation, contact us to learn more!

A woman smiles | sedation dentistry St. Paul MNFor our more anxious patients, we offer sedation dentistry to help you through all of our procedures. Here in our office, we have oral conscious sedation that relieves all of your anxiety throughout your treatment. Sedation dentistry will help you get the dental care that you need!

What Is Conscious Sedation?

Part of the reason that we choose to use the DOCS protocol for conscious sedation is that the medications used have a very high amnesiac quality.  Most patients have little or no memory of their dental treatment.  Some patients lose the memory of the entire day.  For this reason and others, you will need someone to drive you to and from your sedation appointment. If you're interested in sedation dentistry, please give our St. Paul, MN dental office a call today. 

A woman holds her jaw | St. Paul MN sedation Dentist The main reason that patients seek sedation dentistry is to avoid the pain that they had during previous dental care.  Some patients have experienced pain even after receiving local anesthetic because they did not reach a state of profound anesthesia(no feeling). Sedation does increase the effectiveness of local anesthetics.  

Making Sure You Are Numb

Also, as covered in blog posts there are three reasons that patients do not get numb.  Fortunately, there are techniques and alternate anesthetics that we use that can overcome these issues. So, no you will not feel pain. Really.

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We are excited to welcome Drs. John and Jadilyn Grittner to Highgrove Dental Care.  Please click here for Dr. Terry O’Neill’s retirement and welcome letter.