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 an option for patients who experience dental anxiety or desire to have a pain-free and stress-free visit to the dentist. For anxious patients, we can sometimes preform multiple dental treatments during one visit with sedation dentistry.
Dr. Goldberg has advanced training and is certified in the administration of oral conscious sedation through Dental Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS). His permit number is ESP00320.
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.
How long do the effects of oral sedation last?
This will depend on the type of sedation administered and the individual patient. In general, oral sedation begins with an at-home dose and will slowly take effect and wear off in the same way. The effects can last for up to 8 hours or more and patients need to arrange for an escort to and from the appointment. Nitrous Oxide offers the benefit of immediate effect and almost an immediate return to your normal state of alertness. However, we do advise that patients obtain an escort home.
IV sedation is a deeper type of sedation and will have a more lasting effect. 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.
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 in 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 the most common sedation techniques in America. OCS is comfortable as it does not require needles, only medication in pill form. This pill reduces anxiety and causes relaxation. Similar to IV sedation, patients will need someone to drive them to-and-from the office.
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. Patients must have an escort to-and-from the dental office if selecting this treatment.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
What should I do before dental sedation?
Before dental sedation, patients should refrain from eating or drinking 6 hours prior to their procedure. Patients can drink water up to 2 hours before their procedure. Avoid consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to the procedure.
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
Patients should start to feel back to normal after 6-8 hours post procedure. Patients should allow at least 24 hours for the full effects of sedation to wear off.
What can I expect after sedation dentistry?
Most people report feeling drowsy, and slightly out of it. You will not remember the procedure, and will snap out of it as if you are awaking from a deep sleep.
Is dental sedation painful?
With dental sedation patients should not feel any pain. Sedation provides a comfortable and pain free dental experience.
Can you eat after sedation?
We recommend that patients only drink clear fluids and soft foods for the first 24 hours. This includes ice cream, jello, pudding, water, apple juice, etc.
Do you feel pain with sedation dentistry?
The goal of dental sedation is to relieve patients pain throughout dental procedures. Sedation allows for patients to remain comfortable, and pain free dental visits.
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 the 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.