For some people, a trip to the dentist is the stuff of nightmares. NBC News told the story of Barbara Scott, a 50-year-old woman who had responded poorly to Novocain as a child and had to endure drilling and filling without any anesthetic at all. “I can remember sitting there with tears running down my face,” she recalled, saying that she often put off needing work done, which only made problems worse. When she heard about sedation dentistry, she said she felt it “was totally an answer to a prayer.”
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot’s sedation dentistry on Long Island aims to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your dental procedure. Here are five points to consider before your next appointment.
We can do four different methods of sedation:
The general rule of thumb is to use as little anesthesia as possible to reach the desired state of relaxation.
The Chicago Tribune details how dental patient Valerie Carlson used sedation for regular teeth cleaning. “There is no other option for me,” she said. “I can’t even hear the instruments. It just makes my skin crawl.” Here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have some extremely anxious patients who prefer to be sedated for routine procedures.
Sedation dentistry is appropriate for patients with:
While sedation dentistry is considered safe, patients with the following conditions should speak with a general practitioner for clearance before their procedures:
The Commission on Dental Accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting body for advanced dental education in the United States. In New York State, dentists must have at least two years of accredited post-doctoral education in anesthesia or have completed a graduate level program in oral and maxillofacial surgery to administer general anesthesia. For IV sedation, dentists must clock at least 60 hours of coursework and clinical experience on at least 20 patients with an accrediting body before certification. They must be trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and emergency management as well.
A good sedation dentist will:
For more information about sedation dentistry with Suffolk County cosmetic dentists Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick, please call us to arrange a free consultation by dialing 631-296-0602.
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