Millions of Americans have anxiety about going to the dentist, and many of them don’t get their dental needs taken care of as a result. Our dental team here at Upper East Side Dental Arts understands the fear often associated with dental visits, and we do our best to alleviate your concerns and help you relax. In addition to the array of dental spa amenities we offer, such as aromatherapy pillows, soft blankets and hot towels, we offer sedation dentistry options, so you can get the dental work you need without the fear.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, can be used to put patients in a state of deep relaxation. While it doesn’t put you to sleep, you are sedated to the point where some people end up falling into a light sleep. The nitrous oxide is inhaled through the nose and begins to work after about 20 seconds. Typically, the gas wears off without any side effects, and patients are typically able to drive themselves home at the end of their visit.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation involves a small pill taken prior to your appointment. The medication helps you to fall into a deep state of relaxation and experience virtually no discomfort at all during treatment. Although you will be very drowsy, you will not be unconscious and you will be able to communicate with our staff during the procedure. Your vital signs are monitored during the sedation to ensure everything is running smoothly. Oral conscious sedation takes more time to wear off than nitrous oxide, which is why Dr. Konstantine Trichas recommends you arrange for someone to drive you to and from your treatment.
Patients undergoing a more complex dental procedure, or who have severe dental anxiety, are typically put under IV sedation. This form of sedation puts you to sleep so you are unconscious during your dental treatment, causing you to have no recollection of it happening. Our anesthesiologist, Dr. Zad Khan, will closely monitor your progress throughout the procedure to ensure everything is going smoothly. Once you wake up from the IV sedation, you will feel groggy, and it will take awhile for the anesthesia to completely wear off. As a result, you should arrange for someone to take you home following your procedure.
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If you are concerned about the health of your gums or teeth, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Trichas today. In order to protect your oral health, you should attend regular check-ups and seek immediate care when you suspect a problem.