How To Have a Comfortable Procedure When You Have a Strong Gag Reflex

male patient with toothache complaining to female dentist at dental clinic office At the practice of Drs. Siegelman and Ng, we understand that many patients may have anxiety over their upcoming appointment because they have a very strong gag reflex. To address this, we may recommend the use of sedatives. Sedatives help you relax and reduce any discomfort associated with dental work. Dental sedation is typically administered through either oral medication or an inhalant, depending on what best suits your unique needs. Oral medications are generally milder than inhalants, and they take effect quickly without causing any side effects. Inhalants are more potent but may cause some drowsiness and require time to wear off after the procedure is complete. New York, NY, area patients who have a strong gag reflex and are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry can connect with our team to schedule an appointment.

What Methods of Sedation Are Available at Our Office?

Our team offers three types of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.

  • Nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is a mild form of sedation that relaxes you while allowing you to remain conscious and in control. It is administered through a small mask placed over your nose, and its effects wear off within minutes after the procedure is complete.
  • Oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation involves taking an oral medication prior to your appointment that can make you drowsy enough to reduce discomfort during treatment.
  • IV sedation. We also offer IV sedation, which is a deeper level of sedation that can help keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Dr. Siegelman is a board-certified anesthesiologist and has provided care for patients in the area for over two decades.

Schedule a Visit To Learn More About Sedatives for an Easier, More Comfortable Dental Appointment

At the practice of Drs. Siegelman and Ng, we understand how important it is for our patients with a strong gag reflex to feel at ease during their entire appointment. If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, call our New York, NY, area office at 212-974-8737 to schedule a consultation appointment with our experienced providers.

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