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The Patient's Guide to Sedation Dentistry

Last updated 5 years ago

Many patients who feel anxious about visiting the dentist will avoid getting necessary treatment that can protect them against gum disease and tooth decay. This phobia can develop at an early age if a child has even a single unpleasant experience at a dental office. Fortunately, modern advances in sedation technology allow today’s dentists to keep their patients comfortable during every dental procedure.   

Sedation helps patients relax during the procedure:
Dentists recommend sedation for any patients who require invasive or complex procedures such as tooth extractions. However, this kind of medication is also regularly used to help patients relax during general checkups because it is so safe and effective. For people who experience anxiety the moment they walk into a dental office, sedation allows them to stay calm during their visit and to leave with no memory of their treatment experience.

Sedation allows patients to have multiple procedures at once:
Patients who aren’t afraid of dental treatment but need to have a series of fillings or restorative treatments at once can greatly benefit from using either nitrous oxide or IV sedation. This is ideal for patients with busy schedules who may find it difficult to make time for multiple appointments or need to have their teeth fixed before an upcoming social event.

Sedation comes in different forms:
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is a mild form of sedation that relaxes patients but keeps them responsive during treatment. A dentist uses a small mask to deliver this calming gas to the patient’s body. IV sedation is ideal for patients who would prefer to have no memory of the experience and would like to remain asleep during the procedure. With the assistance of an anesthesiologist, a dentist ensures that the patient receives the proper levels of IV sedation throughout the dental appointment. 

To learn how sedation dentistry can help your child, contact Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry at (516) 798-1111. Our mission is to provide a positive dental experience for your child so that he or she will develop a lifelong commitment to maintaining healthy teeth. We offer two convenient Long Island locations in Nesconset and Massapequa Park.


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