Do you have dental anxiety or fear? Try our sedation dentistry treatment options.
Dr. Ira Goldberg offers sedation dentistry in Succasunna, NJ. Sedation dentistry is a part of our general dentistry offerings. Sedation dentistry is an option for patients who experience dental anxiety or desire to have a pain-free and stress-free visit to the dentist. Sometimes, we can perform multiple dental treatments with sedation dentistry for anxious patients during one visit.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients who:
- Suffer from dental fear or anxiety
- Have sensitive teeth
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Need multiple surgery treatments
- Have a past trauma experienced at the dentist
Sedation dentistry is pain-free while relieving anxiety, reducing the gag reflex, and allowing dentists to work faster.
Types of Sedation Dentistry at Morris County Dental Associates
Also known as “laughing gas,” this sedation option uses a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen that you breathe through a mask. Patients will remember their procedures and will return to normal alertness following treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Also known as “enteral sedation,” oral conscious sedation is now one of America’s most common sedation techniques. OCS is comfortable as it does not require needles, only medication in pill form. This pill reduces anxiety and causes relaxation. In general, oral sedation begins with an at-home dose and will slowly take effect and wear off similarly. Similar to IV sedation, patients will need someone to drive them to-and-from the office.
Dr. Goldberg has advanced training and is certified in administering oral conscious sedation through Dental Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS). His permit number is ESP00320.
Dr. Goldberg works with local anesthesiologists to provide IV sedation for patients who desire or require to be “asleep” during their treatment. IV sedation offers the most relaxation and the greatest level of amnesia. The effects of IV sedation can take up to 24 hours to completely disappear, and patients will need an escort home and the ability to rest for the remainder of the day.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
How common is dental anxiety?
Dental anxiety is fairly common. Studies have shown that an estimated 36% of the population suffers from dental anxiety. 12% suffer from severe dental phobia. If you think you have dental anxiety, communicate with us as we can make extra efforts to make your dental experience as comfortable as possible.
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
This depends upon the type of sedation you received. Nitrous Oxide wears off within minutes. Both Oral Conscious Sedation & IV sedation can take an hour to most of the day.
What can I expect after sedation dentistry?
Again, this depends upon the type of sedation. OCS & IV sedation can cause drowsiness and amnesia. Nitrous oxide usually does not.
Can you eat before sedation? After sedation?
This will vary based on the type of sedation you receive, your medical history, the type of procedure(s) you have done, and the length of your sedation. This question is best answered on an individual basis.
Do you feel pain with sedation dentistry?
Sedation is not painful. Sedation also provides a comfortable and pain-free dental experience.
Do you go to sleep with oral sedation?
With oral sedation, the effects vary from patient to patient and the amount used. Most patients report feeling very drowsy but not fully asleep. Anesthesia is a form of sedation that will put patients fully under. Anesthetic usually prevents patients from remembering the procedure.
Contact Morris County Dental Associates for comfortable treatment today. You can call 973-298-5893 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldberg online.