Sleep Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry in Boise & Eagle, Idaho

Once you've visited us at Don Larson DMD, you'll never be afraid to go to the dentist again. Eagle sleep dentistry practitioner, Dr. Don Larson, will help you select the right sleep option for you. Your fear and anxiety will melt away as he restores your healthy smile.

Whether it's been six months or six years since your last dental visit, we can often correct any damage or decay in just a single visit or two. We can even whiten stained or discoloured teeth during your appointment. Imagine feeling completely relaxed, with no fear of discomfort, and leaving our office with a healthy, sparkling smile.

If you are struggling with a dental phobia, why wait another moment? Call our office today at (208) 939-3500 or complete our easy online form to schedule an initial consultation.

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Q. Will I really be totally relaxed with Sedation Dentistry?
A. Your sedation dentist will administer just enough sedation so that you'll be completely unaware of the treatment, as if you were asleep.

Q. Will I remember anything after sedation dentistry?
A. At the end of the treatment, you'll have little or no memory of what was accomplished.

Q. Will I feel any pain during dental treatment?
A. Most patients experience no discomfort whatsoever during treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards.

Q. What dental treatments can I have while under sedation?
A. Sedation dentists can generally do it all—implants, dentures, cosmetic treatments, crowns, even gum surgery.

Q. Is sedation dentistry safe for me?
A. Oral sedation dentistry protocols have been used safely for 30 years. Sedation dentists will review your medical history and monitor you closely while under sedation.

Q. Will my dental insurance cover it?
A. Almost all sedation dentists will review your coverage and, if necessary, make financial arrangements so you get the care you need.

It may sound too good to be true, but at Don Larson DMD, sedation dentistry with Dr. Don Larson really does help you relax through your entire visit. There are no needles involved; you simply take a small pill prior to your visit. The great news is that whatever makes you uncomfortable about the dentist’s office — sights, sounds, or smells — you won’t notice them during your visit or be affected by them after you’re finished. And there’s no need to worry that the pill will wear off before Dr. Larson is done; it provides up to six hours of complete comfort.
Even if you’ve been putting off dental visits for years, Dr. Larson and the professional team at Don Larson DMD can restore your mouth to good oral health in as little as one visit. Because you’re relaxed and at ease, it’s also easier for the numbing medication to take effect if a procedure is required. Comfort, relaxation, and a healthy mouth — all courtesy of sedation dentistry at Don Larson DMD in Eagle, ID.

So many people in the Boise and Eagle area can benefit from sedation dentistry. If you're one of the many individuals who suffer from a phobia or a medical conditions that make a visit to the dentist nearly impossible to bear, this safe, modern alternative may be the right choice for you.

Sedation dentistry is especially helpful for those with:

  • Intense fear Trauma from an early dental experience
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • A limited timeframe in which to complete dental care

Sedation dentistry with Dr. Larson also helps if the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental practice frighten you or if you hate needles.


Franklin D. Roosevelt was right: the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself.


Many times, the most worst part of a procedure is the anxiety a patient endures before even climbing into the chair. However, this anxiety is treatable, and your dentist would like to help you with that right now. If you (or someone you care about) has an appointment that's beginning to darken your thoughts, try this: First focus on the specifics of your dental fear. Is it the procedure in general, or a particular piece of equipment, or a vague sense of invasion of the privacy of your mouth? Once you've got it pinned down, talk with your dentist about it. If it's general dental anxiety, your dentist can help you feel better. If it's concern over a specific instrument or technique, often your dentist can change the way he does things.


You can help the "pre-op jitters" by avoiding stimulants (coffee, cocoa, sugar) six hours before your visit. And concentrate on breathing naturally; denying yourself oxygen increases anxiety. Finally, there's a matter of trust. When your dentist describes a procedure, ask him to be honest. Ask him to tell you if it will be painful or stressful, if he tells you it won't be, believe him. And spare yourself the unnecessary burden of dental phobia.

We'd like to offer one comforting and wonderful fact about today's dentistry: it's much more comfortable than it used to be.

Technology, new procedures, and some very sophisticated approaches to dental anesthesia have all contributed to comfortable dentistry, from cleaning to cavity preparations to root canals. But what if you didn't grow up with modern dentistry, and remember it differently?


If you have had difficult dental experiences, you may be among the 150 million Americans who white-knuckle their way through treatment, or avoid the dentist altogether. The fact is, about 80% of the fearful can overcome dental phobia, with a little help from conscious sedation.


Many dentists understand dental fear and where it comes from. And many are becoming trained in forming good working relationships with fearful patients. Your dentist should encourage you to voice your anxiety and discuss your problems with him or her, before he or she touches a hair on your head. They should listen to your needs, and agree on small things that help you maintain a sense of control - a hand signal works with some patients. But talking about fear with your dentist - being assertive and letting him or her know what bothers you - is the first step. If you're moderately anxious, they can provide distracting diversions to put those concerns to rest. If you're extremely anxious, they can virtually put anxiety to rest via oral sedation. This approach involves taking a mild sedative before you arrive for your appointment. You remain awake, but extremely relaxed - so relaxed that many patients have all their needed dental work completed in a single office visit. If dental phobia has kept you from making an appointment you know is needed - a sedation dentist can help!