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Sedation Dentistry – Medford, NY

What are My Options for Sedation Dentistry?

Whether you experience mild anxiety and just need to feel at ease in the dental chair, or you have severe anxiety, your sedation dentist in Medford has an option to meet your needs.

patient receiving nitrous oxide at the dentistNitrous Oxide: Also called laughing gas, nitrous provides a level of comfort and ease that can be used during most types of appointments. It’s a gas delivered through a mask worn during your procedure and the effects wear off as soon as the mask is removed. This option is ideal for patients with mild anxiety or fear.

pill for oral conscious sedationOral Conscious Sedation: This type of sedation is administered through a pill taken one hour prior to your visit. Patients are still responsive during their treatment, but completely relaxed, almost as if they were sleeping.

IV used during dental sedationIV Sedation: This type of sedation offers the deepest relaxation possible. Medication is administered intravenously while your vital signs are continually monitored throughout treatment. This option is ideal for patients with severe anxiety, special needs, or multiple complex treatment procedures they would like to complete during one appointment.

How Safe is Sedation Dentistry?

a fearful patient in the dental chairDental sedation has been in practice for many years and all of our options are completely safe for you or your loved ones. Because nitrous leaves your system right away, you are able to drive home and continue with your normal daily activities.

Both oral and IV sedation will require that you arrange transportation to and from your appointment ahead of time. However, most patients feel completely normal and are back to regular activities the day after their sedation appointment.

Which Option is Right for Me?

Your dentist in Medford is happy to discuss your fears, concerns, and needs with you prior to starting any dental treatment. Whether you just need to take the “edge off” at your next cleaning, or you have severe anxiety that keeps you away from the dentist, we are happy to recommend the sedation option that will best suit your needs.

Nitrous can be used during most types of appointments, including dental cleanings. Oral and IV sedation are better utilized for patients with more severe anxiety, patients who have a bad gag reflex, patients with special needs, or patients who need multiple complex treatments. Sometimes, a combination of nitrous with another option is needed to achieve the best outcome.

If we haven’t answered all of your questions about dental sedation, please feel free to contact our office to learn more about sedation dentistry.