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Here’s How Oral Conscious Sedation can make Your Dental Visits Better

Dental Implants | Randolph, NJWhen the time comes to see the dentist, a lot of people experience a little bit of nervousness. This is completely normal, and is also something that everyone experiences differently. For you, seeing the dentist may be extremely difficult. There is nothing abnormal nor wrong with this; it is your unique experience and is likely due to an event that occurred at some point in your life.

We are not interested in telling anyone that they shouldn’t feel anxious about seeing the dentist. What we are interested in doing is helping our patients find the comfort and peace of mind they deserve. This isn’t always achieved with a friendly, personal manner of care alone. Sometimes, we need to rely on sedation to create the right atmosphere for dental care to happen as needed. One popular method of sedation is oral conscious sedation.

What is oral conscious sedation?

Prior to dental treatment, your dentist will administer a sedation service. To call it “sedation” may give the wrong impression. Usually, the medication prescribed is in the anxiolytic family, a type of medication that diminishes the responsiveness of the central nervous system to external stimuli.

What does it feel like to be sedated?

With the central nervous system on relative shut-down mode, patients feel a pleasant sense of calm. Their heart rate slows to a normal, healthy rate (not beating out of their chest). Breathing is deep and moderate versus shallow and fast. Ultimately, the sedation eliminates anxiety but the patient typically does not become extraordinarily sleepy. There is a chance, though, that a patient may fall asleep during treatment.

Oral conscious sedation differs from IV sedation in that the depth of relaxation is lighter. This is not a form of sedation that keeps a patient from being able to communicate with our staff. Swallowing and breathing still occur without assistance. Another plus is that pain medication is even more effective, which diminishes the gag reflex.

If a patient ingests medication, the body must metabolize it.  As this occurs, the effects of the sedative wear off. This transition can take several hours, which is why patients need to arrange a safe ride home after their appointment.

We are happy to speak with you about sedation dentistry and how it can fit your needs. Contact us today or call our Succasunna office at 973-328-1225.

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Take your Dental Anxiety into your Capable Hands

Sedation Dentistry Succasunna, NJMost people recognize that routine dental care is valuable to health and wellness. Still, it is estimated that approximately 40 million Americans avoid seeing their dentist due to unsettling feelings of anxiety. Are you one of them?

If you would describe dental visits as generally unpleasant, or you find that you put off those exams and cleanings, you’re not alone. Also, you may have the good reason for feeling the way you do. At Morris County Dental Associates, it is important that patients feel understood. We do not turn a blind eye to the fact that a large percentage of people are fearful when it comes to dental care. Instead, we do what we can to empower each of our patients with the tools they need to manage dental anxiety, and thus, their oral health and wellness.

A few steps you may take to make your next dental visit more pleasant include:

  • Have a sit-down. Talk to your dentist about your attitude toward care. We promise not to take this personally! Having a conversation with your dentist about anxiety and fear need not be involved or lengthy, but it does need to be straightforward. The chat that you have could make an enormous difference in the care you receive, and how you feel about it.
  • Develop a plan. One of the common aspects of dental care that can create discomfort is the sense that you cannot communicate with your dentist during exams or treatments. You can. Hand gestures can alert us that you are feeling anxious or uncomfortable, and let us know to back off for a moment. Sometimes, a little break is all it takes to reset the tone of the appointment.
  • Anxiety is a physiological response in which a perception of fear creates certain physical reactions. Shallow breathing or even holding the breath is one of them. Breathing is what oxygenates the brain, and this oxygenation is vital to an optimally functional nervous system. So, take deep breaths as needed to reduce fear.
  • Tune in. Music can be one of the best therapies for fear and anxiety. In the dental setting, music is especially useful for drowning out the sounds that may heighten nervous responsiveness.

Patients of our Succasunna dental office may also benefit from our sedation dentistry services. Learn more about how we can help you manage dental anxiety when you call 973-328-1225.


A Good Case for Sedation Dentistry

Sedation DentistryAt Morris County Dental Associates, we maintain a high priority on patient comfort. We want you to not only get the results you want from personal dental care but also to enjoy your visits to the dentist. If you struggle with dental anxiety to any degree, the idea of actually being fond of those exams and cleanings may sound absurd. We understand. That is why Dr. Goldberg has put a lot of time and effort into his DOCS training, which enables him to provide sedation dentistry in our Succasunna area patients. If you are not familiar with oral conscious sedation, you may not even realize that you are a perfect candidate for this service!

Oral conscious sedation is a form of sedation dentistry that involves an oral sedative medication. The custom-dosage leads patients into a few relaxing hours of dental work. The sedation method is ideal for:

  • Patients who feel really, really nervous at the dentist. The safe, effective sedative that is provided to our patients works directly on the nervous system to cause noticeable calm. Sedation dentistry has also been referred to as sleep dentistry, simply because some patients do become relaxed enough to doze off. This is not a guarantee, but you can rest assured your anxiety will be lifted and will not stand in the way of your treatment.
  • Expedited care. There are two ways in which sedation facilitates faster, more efficient care. One is that we can perform more treatment in a single visit. When you are sedated, you don’t notice how long you are in the chair. Also, the physical relaxation that results from sedation maximizes the performance of each treatment.
  • Physical and mental relaxation. There are certain conditions that can make it difficult for a patient to undergo dental treatment. Sedation can ease tensed muscles to create a more comfortable experience, and can also calm the mind of a patient with a cognitive disability.

There are several reasons we could give for choosing to incorporate some form of sedation into a dental visit. In addition to oral conscious sedation, our patients may explore options such as nitrous oxide and IV sedation.

Call 973-328-1225 to learn more about sedation dentistry in our Succasunna office.

You Don’t Need To Worry Or Be Frightened About Your Dental Visit

dental sedationIf it’s been too long since you’ve visited the dentist and the thought of it has your knees knocking, take a deep breath. Sedation dentistry is the way we help our patients relax during their dental procedures. We may recommend an oral sedation to be taken the night before or shortly before your visit, or we may recommend using Nitrous Oxide – also called inhaled minimal sedation.

You may have heard of nitrous oxide because its common name is “laughing gas.” It’s the perfect way to take the fear out of a visit to the dentist. Nitrous oxide is a safe, effective, colorless gas with a sweet odor that is prepared by heating ammonium nitrate. As a dental sedation, it produces exhilaration or anesthesia when mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. It does not put you to sleep.

During your dental procedure, you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions your dentist may have. You will breathe normally through your nose, and within a few minutes you should start feeling nitrous oxide’s soothing, calming effects. You may also feel a tingling in your legs and arms or they may feel heavy. You may feel light-headed. But the important thing to remember is that you should feel calm and comfortable. Nitrous oxide wears off soon after your dental procedure is complete and the mask is removed. You will typically need a local anesthetic, as well – a numbing medication at the site where your dentist is working.

Nitrous oxide can make procedures that take hours seem like minutes, even though you are completely awake and conscious. When the effects wear off, you will not remember the sounds, smells or sights of your visit.

Before your dental procedure, we will go over your medical history with you – including any medications you are currently taking. This will ensure that you are an appropriate candidate for oral or nitrous oxide sedation.

Call to schedule an appointment, and let us tell you more about sedation dentistry at Morris County Dental: 973-328-1225.