Sedation Dentistry: Because Anxiety Shouldn't Prevent You From Getting the Oral Care You Need

Does the dentist make you nervous? Don't worry, you’re not the only one. In fact, that's why sedation dentistry exists. This option eases patients' nerves so they feel calmer during their appointment. Our team of doctors at Smile Design Manhattan understand the fear some patients have for the dentist, which is why we offer sedation dentistry as part of our practice.

What exactly is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medications to minimize anxiety while you're in the dentist chair. Most people aren’t sure what sedation dentistry actually is. Some think it involves being put to sleep during a procedure when in reality, most of the options don’t require total unconsciousness. 

Nitrous oxide is one of the most popular, noninvasive options for sedation. It causes you to experience relaxation, even though you're completely awake for the whole procedure. Nitrous oxide wears off fast, so you can even drive yourself home afterward. 

Other options include oral sedatives that are taken before the appointment, intravenous sedatives that are applied during the appointment, and general anesthesia.

Does sedation dentistry work?

Yes. Because there are many options available, it's easy for your dentist to find the best choice for your specific needs. For example, if you're a little uncomfortable with the idea of going to the dentist office, a mild dose of nitrous oxide can effectively relax you. 

However, if you're extremely nervous about your procedure, a stronger option, like a sedative, might be more effective. And, of course, if you're getting intensive dental work done, general anesthesia will often be the most effective choice.

Before the procedure, we’ll check your medical history to ensure you’re an appropriate candidate for sedation dentistry. There are always risks with anesthesia, but they're usually minimal and unlikely. We’ll be sure to go over the risks with you so you’re knowledgeable.

Dental work without fear

Whether you need a teeth cleaning or a root canal, you deserve stress-free treatment. 

As we said, you're not alone in your fear of the dentist. That's why so many people choose the option of sedation dentistry. It also helps people like us take care of your teeth easily and safely.

We'll help you get the smile of your dreams in a relaxing environment. Our treatment is easy, safe, and anxiety-free. If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry or book an appointment at our New York office, call 646-328-4401. You can also visit us online to book an appointment at your earliest convenience. 

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