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
Sedation dentistry makes it possible for patients to receive the dental care they need without fear or anxiety. More procedures can be performed in a single visit, saving the patient time and money. Dr. Ira Goldberg offers nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation in Succasunna, NJ. He will recommend the option most suitable for you depending on your medical history and the type of treatment you will be receiving. Learn more about each dental sedation option.
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that helps patients relax. We administer it through a mask which we place over your nose. You will inhale the gas during the entire appointment. You will inhale a carefully controlled mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen.
Nitrous oxide induces a state of calmness and euphoria. You will be unable to experience any anxiety and fear during your appointment. Patients with dental anxiety will benefit from using it while undergoing routine dental treatments. Most patients will not remember their procedure and will return to normal alertness following treatment.
One of the advantages of nitrous oxide is its short duration of action. The effects will take immediate effect when the mask is put on. Then, the effects will wear off soon after the gas is discontinued. Patients will recover quickly and resume normal activities after treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Also known as “enteral sedation,” oral conscious sedation is now one of America’s most common sedation techniques. This form of dental sedation is taken in pill form to induce relaxation and an anxiety-free state during procedures. It helps individuals manage dental anxiety, fear, and discomfort. This is a highly effective sedation method that helps to contribute to a more positive dental experience.
We will prescribe you a medication that you will ingest before the dental appointment. You will not be unconsciousness but rather in a deep, calm and drowsy state. You will remain responsive and able to communicate during the procedure. However, you may feel a sense of detachment from the treatment, reducing stress.
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. It is a powerful form of sedation that is administered through a vein. IV sedation must be administered by a specially trained dentist or anesthesiologist. With intravenous sedation, there is precise control of your medication needs.
This type of dental sedation is often used for complex or lengthy dental treatments. We may consider it for patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety. It provides a quick onset of sedation, allowing the dental team to proceed efficiently and effectively. It provides a quick onset of sedation, allowing the dental team to proceed efficiently and effectively.
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
Here, we address common questions and concerns about sedation dentistry options. Discover information about various sedation techniques. We aim to provide valuable insight and guidance for our patients so they can make the best decision for their dental health. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact our dental office.
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. Oral Conscious Sedation will take hours to wear off. IV sedation will take most of the day and up to 24 hours to wear off.
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 dentistry aims to minimize pain and discomfort during dental procedures. While patients may not feel pain, they might experience pressure or mild sensations. The level of sedation can be adjusted to ensure comfort, and local anesthesia is often used in conjunction to manage any potential discomfort.
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.
Can I drive home after dental sedation?
You drive home after receiving nitrous oxide. The effects of this type of dental sedation will wear off immediately. However, with oral conscious sedation and IV sedation you will need to someone drive you home. Furthermore, you should have someone stay with you for the remainder of the day for safety reasons. The effects of the sedation medication will remain in your system for several hours.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, sedation dentistry is generally safe when administered by trained professionals. Dentists assess patient health and medical history thoroughly, taking precautions to minimize risks. The level of sedation is carefully controlled, and patients are closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure their safety and well-being.
Contact Morris County Dental Associates for comfortable treatment today. You can call 973-298-5893 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldberg online.