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Does dental anxiety make it difficult for you to keep up with your regular dental appointments? Sedation dentistry could be the solution you’ve been looking for so that your teeth can get the professional care they need to stay healthy.


Oral Sedation Dentistry allows you to feel calm, peaceful, and experience a carefree state of relaxation with little or no memory of your appointment. Imagine being able to smile with confidence and enjoy eating all of your favorite foods.

Patients who have experienced dentistry using these medications tell us they were relaxed, comfortable and it was the best dental appointment they ever had. They are excited to begin a lifetime of having healthy, beautiful teeth and a smile they want to share with others.


With the use of safe oral medication, we will take good care of you and help you be completely comfortable during your appointment. Our #1 goal is your comfort. For people who are nervous or apprehensive, this can be a miracle.

Dr. Fitterling has done extensive continuing education with DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation). In addition to his Missouri State Sedation License, Joplin Family Dental has a Site Certification License. His ACLS (Advanced Cardio Life Support) certificate is renewed every two years. You can rest easy knowing you are in very capable hands.


If you have any of the following:

Fear of dental treatment

History of traumatic dental experiences

Difficulty getting numb

Very sensitive gag reflex or difficulty opening

Extremely sensitive teeth

Limited time to get your dental care completed

Complex dental problems; or a need for surgery

Above average disdain for “getting numb”

Embarrassment about your teeth

In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable

Have not received professional dental care in many years, perhaps decades

Go from dentist to dentist, or doctors, to renew painkiller prescriptions for dental problems

Often make and then cancel dental appointments

Make numerous, lengthy phone calls to the dentist’s office

Experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests

…then yes, you are a candidate!

You might not be a good candidate for dental sedation if you don’t have fears or anxieties surrounding your dental appointment, you’re too young, you’re pregnant, you have sleep apnea, or are taking certain medications. It is always best to check with our Joplin dental staff to ensure you are a good candidate.


Your days of staying away from the dentist’s office because of dental anxiety or fear are over! With our practice’s sedation dentistry options, you can be comfortable and relaxed while we take care of your teeth and gums. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, just give us a call and we’ll be glad to answer them. To schedule an appointment with Joplin Family Dental, contact our sedation dentist’s office in Joplin MO at (417) 781-2900.