If you are uncomfortable going to the dentist, we provide numerous sedation dentistry options, to ensure that you are relaxed during your office visit. We understand that many patients can experience high levels of fear and anxiety when they think about going to the dentist, and that fear can keep them from seeing the dentist as regularly as they should. This can create the need for major dental work, which can be timely and costly. To learn more about our sedation dentistry options, contact one of our New York, NY-area office locations to schedule your appointment.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedatives reduce the brain’s ability to recognize pain and discomfort, while easing feelings of fear and stress. We offer sedatives to our patients with dental anxiety to help them relax during procedures. Some patients with a very low tolerance for pain or sensitive gag reflex may be well-suited for oral sedation.
Sedation dentistry is also a good option for patients who have difficultly controlling their movements, or cannot comfortably sit still for long periods of time. Depending on the sedation method selected, patients may simply feel more relaxed, or may experience a sleep-like state, where little is remembered or felt. During your consultation, we will discuss your fears and recommend a sedation option that best suits your needs.
If you have avoided dental work due to dental anxiety, fear, or phobia, we can help. Sedation dentistry can positively impact your oral health, ensuring that patients who are uncomfortable going to the dentist, receive the care they need.
Sedation Dentistry Options
Nitrous Oxide: Often referred to as laughing gas because of the euphoric feelings it induces, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask, leaving you to feel calm and relaxed. The effects of the sedative diminish as soon as the mask is removed, and you will be free to resume normal activities right away, and will be able to drive yourself home.
Oral Sedatives: Oral sedatives come in pill form and are usually taken about one hour before dental treatment. They work fairly quickly and wear off gradually, so you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. Under oral sedatives, you will be in a state of relaxation, and will retain the ability to talk to the doctor, but will be unaware of many of the details of your procedure. Most patients can resume normal activities by that same evening, or the following morning.
A local anesthetic may also be administered during your procedure, depending on your procedure type, since oral sedatives and nitrous oxide do not provide pain relief.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
One primary benefit of sedation dentistry is that a great deal of dental work can be completed while sedated. Patients who have an intense fear of the dentist, and have not attended a checkup or cleaning in years may need several fillings, crowns, and a root canal treatment by the time they finally visit us.
While sedated, patients can remain comfortable in the dentist's chair for hours at a time, allowing us to perform several procedures at one appointment. And once the sedative wears off, they will have little or no memory of the procedure. Sedation dentistry can positively impact your oral health, ensuring that patients who are uncomfortable going to the dentist, receive the care they need.
Learn More Today
If you have avoided dental work due to dental anxiety, fear, or phobia, we can help. Call one of our Dental365 New York offices today and schedule a sedation dentistry consultation with one of our experienced dentists.