What Should I Know About Sedation?
- Posted on: Mar 15 2019
If you’re the type to postpone a visit to the dentist because you’re anxious or nervous, you’re not alone. So many people come to the dentist with a little bit of the jitters, or even avoid the dentist because of full-blown anxiety. But, you shouldn’t ignore the health of your teeth, even if you are afraid. You have nothing to fear, and your dental health can dramatically impact your overall health. We offer sedation dentistry for almost any dental procedure to help people visit the dentist.
We believe that listening to your concerns and explaining the procedure can help you understand what is going on, and thus have less anxiety. But, some patients may need something more. Having sedation dentistry is so helpful for patients who may have a fear of seeing the dentist. It helps patients relax and is very useful for patients who:
- Gag easily
- Have trouble sitting still
- Require a large amount of dental work
- Have a low threshold for pain
When undergoing sedation dentistry, different degrees of sedation are considered, depending on the needs of the patient and what type of procedure is needed.
We offer two types of sedation:
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- Anti-anxiety medication
And, keep in mind that we also work with mental health professionals, who can help you overcome extreme anxiety.
Understand that sedation and pain relief are not the same, but sedation is extremely helpful in certain cases. We offer sedation to help minimize feelings of fear and anxiety that may arise during dental visits. Patients who have sedation dentistry are often far less nervous about having dental appointments in the future. Sedation could be a great option if you have:
- Difficulty overcoming anxiety about dental visits
- A low pain threshold
- Sensitive teeth
- A very strong gag reflex
If you are interested in sedation dentistry, you can mention it to us when you are discussing your treatment plan with us. Sedation dentistry can be combined with almost any procedure we offer. Give us a call today at (212) 246-8700 to learn more about how we can help you overcome anxiety about the dentist.
Posted in: Dental Anxiety Management