Patient comfort is one of our highest priorities. We know that (shockingly) there are other places you would rather be than at the dental office. For that reason we offer three levels of sedation:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas” or “happy gas”, is a mild level of sedation. It makes the patient feel like they are floating and tingly. This is completely reversible; and once the gas is turned off, the nitrous will be cleared out of your system within 90 seconds. You are safe to drive home after using nitrous oxide. We have nitrous oxide in every operatory and there is no charge for patients who want it.
  • Halcion: Halcion (generic name: Triazolam) is an oral sedative which provides moderate-deep sedation. The patient will be very calm and very relaxed. Many times patients sleep through their entire appointments. What is nice about Halcion is that it has a 4-hour half-life, meaning half of it is flushed out of your system within 4 hours. The other nice feature is that it has an amnesic effect, so the patient won’t remember anything at the post-op appointment. If you take Halcion you need to have someone drive you and you need to consent to treatment ahead of time because you are not of a legal state of mind to consent to treatment.
  • IV Sedation: I.V. Sedation provides deep sedation for patients. This is generally reserved for extremely anxious patients. Because we do not want to divide our attention between the sedation and the surgery, we are pleased to provide a nurse anesthetist to provide constant supervision of your sedation. With I.V. sedation, the patient will not remember any part of the surgery and will sleep through the entire procedure. Patients should not drive after I.V. sedation.


Patricia A.
Jun 29, 2014


Dr. David has a wonderful chairside manner, just as his father did when I saw him many years ago. He made me feel very comfortable

Pam L. (Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014


Due to the severity of my dental needs, my regular dentist referred me to Dr. Engen’s office. Being referred to a periodontal specialist is not something I would wish upon anyone, and it was difficult going to another dentist. However, from the minute I entered their office I was greeted by professional, friendly staff members who acknowledged me with a warm smile and a pleasant, cheerful welcome. The doctors and hygienists demonstrated a high level of expertise and technical competency by effectively communicating the options available to address my dental needs. Each and every staff member I encountered, from the receptionist, to the doctors are extremely dedicated to creating a long term relationship with each one of their patients, including taking the time to educate each patient about oral hygiene. The staff at your office works harmoniously, cooperatively and effectively as a team to make your time with them as productive as possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking resolution to any dental issues and be assured you will be pleasantly surprised with your time with them.