Sedation Dentist in NYC
Central Park Dentistry provides sedation dentists that will make you feel comfortable and relaxed during your check-ups or dental treatments. Our goal is to make you as relaxed as you would be at a spa. Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for people receiving dental treatment. It helps patients who are too afraid to go to the dentist’s office receive the dental care they need while avoiding dental phobia and anxiety.
According to Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle, between 5% and 8% of Americans avoid dentists out of fear. It is estimated that as high as 20% of people experience dental anxiety and so they only go to the dentist when it is absolutely necessary.
This may lead to serious effects on your oral health as well as keep you from having a better smile. Central Park Dentistry offers sedation (sleep) dentistry for patients in NYC to relieve them of dental fear and make procedures virtually painless and stress-free. Our staff at Central Park Dentistry can provide you with several options which will make your dental office visits more comfortable, relaxing and even pleasant! It will help put you at ease, eliminating any pain that is associated with dental treatments.
We provide experienced sedation dentists who offer patients in NYC several options that can range from simple oral sedation in pill form or nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to more complex intravenous (IV) sedation. These options depend on your needs and can be customized based on our recommendations. You no longer have to suffer from dental fear or phobia. Please contact our office for more information.
Types of Dental Sedation
Central Park Dentistry offers several types of dental sedation options to their patients to help them feel less anxiety and pain-free.
- Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
- IV Conscious Sedation
- IV Sedation
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a great option for individuals who have mild dental anxieties. It is administered by having the patient inhale the gas which is carefully monitored by our doctor and our staff. It is a safe and effective method of dental sedation which does not put you to sleep but will help you have a more relaxed dental experience. Laughing gas will usually wear off several minutes after your appointment.
Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety. A pill is give to the patient the night before the appointment and another pill just before the dental appointment. You will be awake during the procedure but with no stress and anxiety-free. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. Two little tablets can eliminate your dental phobia and make you feel more comfortable to allow you to forget the entire treatment.
IV Conscious Sedation
IV conscious sedation will make you feel calm and relaxed during your dental procedure. You will not be able to remember anything about the procedure after it has been completed. An anti-anxiety medication is administered into the bloodstream. You will not be asleep but will enjoy a state of relaxation. Your appointment will feel like a dream. Be sure to make plans to have a friend or a family member bring you home. It is recommended to hold off on any activities until the next day.
One of our dentists will administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t experience any pain during your procedure. IV sedation is a safe and easy option that is recommended for moderate to severe anxiety. With IV sedation, long complex procedures seem much shorter by helping our staff perform all of your dental work in a single visit. You will not be completely asleep during your treatment and will be able to communicate.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- Overcome fear and anxiety of visiting the dentist
- Effective for moderate to severe anxiety of dental phobia
- No pain
- Level of sedation can be adjusted during the procedure
- Minimizes the movements of the dental patient
- Increases patient cooperation
- Little or no memory of treatment
- Control of gag reflex
- Saves time & money: longer procedures with less appointments & less operational costs for the dental office–passing the savings on to the patient
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Sedation dentistry puts our New York City patients at ease by eliminating any pain associated with dental procedures. During your first visit to our office, we will take x-rays, examine your mouth and your general health. We will then discuss your needs and expectations and draw up a customized dental treatment plan for you.
The next step is to prepare for your mild sedation visit. If you have decided for pre-appointment mild sedation, you will be provided with a prescription medication to take the night before your appointment.
The day of your dental procedure, your friend or family member will need to bring you home until you are fully recovered from the medication.
You should not perform energetic activities, operate machinery, drive a motor vehicle or drink alcohol for the rest of the day. Do not take any medications prior to or following your appointment unless advised by our staff.
Ideal candidates for sedation dentistry, or sleep dentistry, are people who have dental anxiety or dental phobia, and those who are unable to control their movements (e.g. those who have a strong gag reflex). Lastly, candidates must not be allergic to the sedatives.
Since sedation dentistry has become a popular option for patients and is widely available, no one should have a reason to miss regular check-ups or avoid dental treatments. Our staff will provide sedation dentistry for patients who are unable to enjoy the beautiful, healthy smile they deserve.
The hardest part for many patients is simply making the appointment. Our staff will make this process as easy as possible. To schedule your sedation dentistry consultation in NYC, please call contact us at 212-486-6211 or fill out the contact form to learn how our sedation dentists can help you deal with your fears and dental phobia.