Ways to combat dental anxiety

Dentist exam of young teen girl teeth.Dental anxiety is a very common problem. In fact, a study performed by a marker research company by the name of DentaVox that included 18,000 people worldwide reported that 61% of respondents stated that they suffered from dental anxiety and fear. If you are one of these people, don’t worry, you are not alone. There are many ways to combat dental anxiety and get the dental care and services that you need to keep your smile healthy. Patients in the New York, NY area who are interested in having a positive experience with their dentist at their next appointment can ask our dentists, Dr. Siegelman, about the most common sedation methods available to help patients relax and feel comfortable during their visit.

What sedation methods are available at our practice?

There are four primary forms of sedation used at our facility, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.

  • Nitrous oxide, also referred to by patients as “laughing gas,” is a mild yet effective sedative that is delivered to the patient through a nasal mask and helps patients to feel calm and comfortable.
  • Oral conscious sedation involves taking a medication prescribed before you arrive to your appointment that will help you relax and feel sleepy.
  • IV sedation is the most potent form of sedation and involves receiving medication through an intravenous line to achieve a deeper level of relaxation.
  • General anesthesia is used for patients with severe anxiety who need to be “put under” to have dental work completed.

How do I know which type of sedation is right for me?

The best way to determine which type of sedation is right for you is to speak with Dr. Siegelman about your individual dental needs and concerns. We can help you choose the method that will provide you with the most comfort and get you into the office for your necessary dental treatments. We are here to help and encourage new and retuning patients to call our office for a consultation to learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry. We are located at 119 W 57th Street, Suite #815 and can be reached by calling (212) 974-8737. We assist patients in and around the area of New York, NY and serve patients in the surrounding communities as well.

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