Dental Anesthesia (Sedation) New York City
Sedation dentistry can mean any type of sedative given by pill, elixir, intravenous, inhaled or otherwise that relaxes patients for dental procedures. Many dentists advertising on the radio or internet provide sedation with a pill called triazolam combined with nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas.) This can relax patients and may reduce their memory of dental procedures. More advanced dentists, called dentist anesthesiologists, are able to use the same pill, but offer other methods of sedation in addition to just “the pill.” Triazolam may be all many patients need for relaxation; however more apprehensive people typically require something more. A qualified dentist anesthesiologist can use intravenous anesthesia or general anesthesia.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
Our goal is to provide dental care without fear, pain, or anxiety for our patients. We use a wide range of techniques to provide the most comfortable dental care possible. Many patients have found that dental care with intravenous or general anesthesia may be the most comfortable and relaxing solution to their dental problem. Dr. Siegelman has performed approximately twenty thousand dental sedations and general anesthetics over the last twenty years. Our office offers a wide variety of techniques to provide the most comfortable dental care available.The most important thing is what is best for you as an individual patient. Our dentist will meet with every patient to review their needs and desires. Together with the patient, we’ll offer the most appropriate options. Every patient is cared for as a unique individual.
You Sleep, We Work. Sedation allows people to gain a sense of comfort about their procedures. It may also help some patients to undergo elective procedures that they may have been apprehensive about before. Sedation lets patients feel relaxed and calm, in some cases you may not even remember the dental procedure.
Patients that benefit from sedation dentistry include those who:
- Difficulty Acheiving Numbness
- Sensitive Teeth
- Sensitive Gag Reflex
- Panic or Anxiety disorder
- Needle Phobia
- Complex Dental Needs
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Types of Dental Sedation
Sedation can be administered through several different methods, depending on the overall health and level of relaxation required by the patient. One method is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to achieve the relaxed sensation they desire. Other methods of sedation include; oral sedation and intravenous (I.V.) sedation.
Depending on a patient’s anxiety levels, different degrees of dental sedation may be required. These varying degrees include:
Intravenous Anesthesia: Many patients have found that dental care with intravenous or general anesthesia may be the most comfortable and relaxing solution to their dental problem. Dr. Siegelman has performed approximately twenty thousand dental sedations and general anesthetics over the last twenty years.
Oral Sedation: We use a variety of different oral sedation techniques to make our patients as comfortable and relaxed as possible during dental treatment. Our most commonly used sedation medications are benzodiazepines, which are safe and effective. They are administered orally prior to treatment. With oral sedation, our patients are awake and able to respond to questions, but feel calm and unaware of the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office. Often times our patients are relaxed enough from oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure
Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a pain relieving and sedating gas that is combined with oxygen to make patients more comfortable during dental care. A light tingling feeling is often experienced by patients as well as an altered sense of time. Patients often listen to relaxing music during nitrous oxide sedation. Some patients love the feeling and feel very comfortable, others require something more tranquilizing. In general, patients who have had traumatic dental or life experiences that leave a life long memory, will be more comfortable with something that will relax them more than nitrous oxide alone.