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Sedation Dentistry

Many dental patients struggle with anxiety. Some even suffer from full-blown dental phobia. 

These issues, along with a fear of dental pain, hold too many back from making necessary appointments, but sedation dentistry can help

The dentists at Harris Dental Clinic in Laurel, MS, offer several calming sedation options to make dental care relaxing and pain-free. 

Many Patients Benefit From Sedation Dentistry

You don't have to suffer from dental phobia to be a great candidate for sedation dentistry—it can be an excellent option for many patients and for many reasons. Our dentists may recommend this service if you:

  • Had a traumatic experience with dentistry in the past
  • Have especially sensitive teeth and gums
  • Are undergoing a very lengthy procedure
  • Need an invasive procedure
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Dislike feeling confined
  • Have a fear of needles
  • Have trouble sitting comfortably for long periods

Patients come to us with a wide variety of needs. All have unique backgrounds and experiences that have shaped their relationships with dentistry. If any of the above apply to you, or if have your own reasons to feel hesitant about visiting the dentist, we know that sedation dentistry can transform your dental care experience.

Avoiding Appointments? You Are Not Alone


The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that almost 20% of American adults suffer from dental anxiety and fear that stops them from receiving oral health care. 

How Sedation Dentistry
Improves Patient Outcomes

Sedation dentistry allows our doctors to work more efficiently. When patients are comfortable and relaxed, procedures are generally easier to perform. Many of our patients report feeling euphoric, relaxed, calm, and restful while under the effects of sedation.

Once the appropriate medication has been administered, a patient’s sense of time becomes altered. Even lengthy procedures that require one or more hours can seem to pass quickly. This allows Drs. Harris and Culpepper to spend as much time as necessary on your dental care.

Unlike general anesthesia, our safe and effective sedation options mostly allow patients to remain conscious and responsive to the dentist. This can be beneficial if one of our doctors requires feedback during your procedure. 

Our dentists sincerely encourage you to let us know if there is anything we can do to make your experience under our care as comfortable as possible. 

Enjoy Greater Peace of Mind With Sedation Dentistry 

Drs. Harris and Culpepper combine for approximately 4 decades in practice. Their finely honed experience and skill allow them to customize both sedation and dental treatments. Dr. Harris is past president of both the Laurel Area Dental Society and Mississippi District III. Dr. Culpepper is a member of several notable organizations such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. 

Our dentists utilize advanced technology whenever applicable. Their techniques ensure that the procedures they perform result in incredible outcomes. Our sedation services mean that these results are achieved painlessly and in a truly relaxed environment. All you need to do is reach out to get started.

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Whether you need laughing gas, oral medication, or IV sedation, you'll be in good hands with our caring team.

Laurel Patients Leave Great Reviews "I cannot say enough wonderful things!"


Jequetta Dean


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They have the nicest staff you could ever want to meet. They were so gentle with my sons. Ms Laurie’s biggest concern was that my youngest was not traumatized and enjoyed his time there and he sure did. We LOVVEEEEE HARRIS DENTAL CLINIC

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hope Ham


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I cannot say enough wonderful things about Harris Dental Clinic!...  Laurie was my dental hygienist and she made me feel comfortable and welcome right off the bat - like I've been a patient for years. Dr. Harris was also very down-to-earth, friendly and easy to work with. I highly recommend Harris Dental Clinic!!

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We Welcome All To Our Home Town


Our Laurel, MS, dental practice is here to provide anxiety-soothing sedation to all who need it. We welcome patients from nearby Hattiesburg, as well as smaller towns in our area, like Bay Springs, Ellisville, and Hazlehurst. 

More Important Sedation Details


Sedation is covered by insurance only in certain situations. For example, it may be covered for patients with complex, diagnosed medical needs that make sedation a requirement.

In most cases, sedation dentistry must be paid for out of pocket. Our Laurel, MS, patients frequently tell our dentists that the increased overall cost of a procedure with sedation is well worth it because treatment ended up being totally comfortable. 

Our dentists help patients with out-of-pocket costs related to sedation and other procedures. We accept CareCredit®, a third-party financing option that allows you to pay for your treatment in low- or no-interest monthly installments. 

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Our dentists take great care to ensure any given dentistry service is right for the individual patient. While sedation is ideal for many, certain types of sedation are not ideal for some candidates. 

Individuals with emphysema may not be candidates for nitrous oxide. Other patients may experience nausea from certain types of oral sedation. Pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions are not eligible for sedation dentistry.

The good news is, since we offer three different tiers of sedation, we can almost always provide a safe, effective option for you. The best way to find out if you can benefit from sedation is at an in-person consultation with our expert dentists. 

Harris Dental Clinic Provides Emergency Dentistry

Experiencing a dental emergency is stressful all on its own. The added worry of a painful corrective procedure may make some patients want to tough out the issue on their own.

You should know that we are highly experienced in providing sedation dental care for emergencies. People throughout Jones County come to us to deal with sudden dental trauma, jaw injuries, and tooth damage. 

More Great Reviews From Laurel "Harris Dental Clinic goes above and beyond"


gnfm casper


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Harris Dental Clinic goes above and beyond to take care of their patients. They have an awesome staff. Highly recommend their office for all your dental needs.

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Monica Donald


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This office treats you like family. I’ve never had a bad experience and when I walk in for an appointment, it’s the best environment. Everyone asks about families and friends ... it’s like a reunion each time!

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Harris Dental Clinic

Drs. Chadwick James Harris and Robert Brent Culpepper proudly serve the Laurel, MS, community with high-tech, comprehensive dental care. Our affiliations include:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • American Dental Association
  • Mississippi Dental Association
  • Laurel Area Dental Society

You can request an appointment with us today by filling out our online form or by calling: (601) 649-3344.

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