Conquer Your Dental Fears With Sedation Dentistry
If you’re apprehensive or nervous about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. At Navesink Dental Care, we understand these feelings and want to help. Whether you just need a routine cleaning or a brand-new smile, we offer sedation dentistry to make your experience comfortable and relaxing. Our dentists, Dr. Allan Ruda and Dr. Beth DeAngelis, offers three different types of sedation dentistry for patients with mild anxiety to those who have a fear of the dentist.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous Oxide – also known as laughing gas, is the most common form of sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide has been used safely for many years, and with this form of sedation, the patient should be able to drive home or immediately resume normal activities after the procedure.
Oral Sedation – this type of sedation is a pill that allows the patient to be relaxed during the appointment without being completely sedated. Approximately one hour prior to the dental procedure, the patient will be asked to take a small pill. Often times the patient falls asleep during the appointment due to the level of relaxation. After the treatment is completed, the companion will take the patient home to rest and sleep for a couple of hours after the appointment. If a patient elects oral sedation, he or she will need a friend or family member to accompany them to the appointment, as the patient will be unable to drive while sedated.
Local Anesthetic – this type of sedation is used for dental procedures that require part of the mouth to be numb. The numbing medication is administered directly into the gum or cheek. Numbing only the area where dental work needs to be performed allows our dentists to complete procedures without pain or discomfort. Local anesthetics also allow the patient to drive home and resume normal activities following the procedure.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact Navesink Dental Care and one our friendly staff members can answer your questions.