Sedation Dentistry

Tribeca Dental Studio

Cosmetic Dentistry & Pediatric Dentistry located in Tribeca, New York City, NY

Many people avoid routine dental cleanings and other procedures because they’re afraid of the dentist, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Tribeca Dental Studio in New York City puts patient comfort at the forefront by offering sedation dentistry to ease patients’ dental experiences. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help ease any anxiety you might have about going to the dentist. Offering a range of sedation dentistry solutions for children and adults, the team ensures high-quality dental care in a relaxed setting. Make your first appointment by phone or online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry that relaxes you or puts you to sleep with the aid of medication during your dental procedure. Many people are nervous about dental work, so sedation dentistry puts you at ease during treatment.

Different levels and types of sedation are recommended depending on the individual and the dental procedure. Sedation dentistry ranges from minimal sedation, where you’re awake but relaxed, to full sedation with a general anesthetic, where you’re unconscious throughout the procedure.

Options for minimal sedation include breathing nitrous oxide and taking oral medication. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas, relaxes you during treatment, but it wears off very quickly after you stop breathing it.

Moderate sedation can be achieved with oral medication like Valium or IV sedation. Moderate sedation with medication makes you drowsy but you’ll stay awake. With full sedation, you’re in a deep sleep and not able to be woken up until the anesthetic wears off.

What dental procedures are sedation used for?

Sedation dentistry can be an asset in nearly any dental procedure, depending on the patient. Tribeca Dental Studio commonly recommends sedation for anxious patients undergoing:

  • Tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth
  • Crowns and fillings
  • Dental cleanings
  • Root canals
  • Oral surgery

People who are getting a lot of dental work done at once or who have trouble sitting still in the dentist’s chair can benefit from sedation dentistry. Tribeca Dental Studio is proud to have a contracted pediatric anesthesiologist available for pediatric full sedation if the situation requires it.

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Tribeca Dental Studio provides individualized care to each patient, and the team is dedicated to finding a treatment plan you’re comfortable with. If the thought of dental work keeps you from going to the dentist to get the care you need, talk to the dentist about the benefits of sedation dentistry.

People in generally good health but who are nervous about the dentist are typically good candidates for sedation dentistry. Sedation medications are used in combination with a local anesthetic during dental procedures to keep you from feeling pain.

In general, the team recommends full sedation with a general anesthetic only when necessary. Other options like laughing gas provide adequate relaxation to most patients undergoing minor dental procedures.

Don’t let anxiety about going to the dentist compromise your oral health. Find out if sedation dentistry could be an option for you by calling our office or booking an appointment online.