Sedation Dentistry FAQ
Sedation dentistry can be extremely useful for those nervous about receiving dental treatment. Upper East Side Dental Arts offers different forms of sedation to help you feel relaxed and stress-free during your dental procedure. Should you be interested, any type of procedure offered at our practice can be performed with sedation dentistry to help you feel more comfortable, which can help us accomplish more in a single visit.
See below for frequently asked questions regarding sedation dentistry, and please contact us if you have any questions or would like further information.
Why choose sedation dentistry?
Sedation offers patients a safe, practical option for getting the dental work they need without the anxiety that often accompanies them to their dentist’s office. The added comfort that sedation offers to a dental procedure encourages patients to undergo treatment when they need it, rather than pushing off necessary procedures until their oral condition is much worse.
What are the different types of sedation?
Our team offers sedation in three different forms: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is inhaled and influences you to go into a deep state of relaxation, which may cause you to drift into a light sleep. Oral conscious sedation is delivered through a small pill that is taken before your appointment, causing you to become deeply relaxed while still being able to communicate with our staff. IV sedation is administered by our anesthesiologist, Dr. Zad Khan. This method puts you to sleep so you are completely unaware of the work that is being done.
Will I feel any pain during the procedure?
The purpose of sedation dentistry is to put you at ease during your visit while also minimizing, if not completely eliminating, any pain felt during the procedure. As a result, most patients experience virtually no discomfort when sedated.
How long will I be under sedation?
If you undergo nitrous oxide sedation, you will only be in a relaxed state for the duration of the procedure, as it wears off soon after. Those who opt for oral conscious sedation or IV sedation will be put under for as long as their procedures take – typically two to six hours. You may feel groggy following your procedure as these gradually wear off.
Will someone need to accompany me?
Depending on the type of sedation you undergo, this may be necessary. Patients who are sedated via nitrous oxide can typically drive themselves home after their visit. Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation, however, take much longer to wear off, which is why we recommend patients who have undergone these methods have a friend or family member take them home.
How can I learn more about sedation dentistry?
We invite anyone wishing to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can benefit them to voice their concerns and ask any questions they may have during their appointment with Dr. Konstantine Trichas.
Contact Upper East Side Dental Arts
To schedule your next dental appointment and learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact us today!