Conquering Fear through Sedation Dentistry
Recent years have witnessed significant growth in the popularity of several dental sedation techniques. Sedation dentistry can help those with serious anxiety about dental procedures conquer their fear of the chair and get the treatment they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Suffolk County, Long Island, Dr. Nick & Dr. Elliot offer several sedation options well-suited for those who:
- Have a low tolerance for pain
- Are afraid of needles
- Are unable to sit still and calmly in a dental chair
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Suffer from extreme tooth sensitivity
- Have had traumatic dental office experiences in the past
- Are in need of extensive dental services
Types of sedation dentistry
Dental offices nationwide have continued to embrace the use of sedation dentistry as a means to provide dental care to patients who would otherwise be reluctant to seek proper treatment. Dr. Joel Weaver of the American Dental Association has stated that the fear of dental procedures is so severe in certain individuals that they even attempt “to take their teeth out with pliers” and do everything possible to avoid an office visit.
Luckily, sedation can be customized to help during something as simple as a routine cleaning or as involved as periodontal surgery or the placement of dental implants.
Practitioners are embracing the varying degrees of sedation available, including:
- Nitrous oxide (inhaled minimal sedation), which aids in relaxation in a general way
- Oral sedation, which can be administered in a pill for to achieve mild to moderate sedation
- IV sedation, which is administered through a vein and can be adjusted continually
- General anesthesia/deep sedation, which results in an unconscious or almost-unconscious state
Sedation dentistry patients at all levels are also typically given local anesthetic to numb the area the doctor will be treating. This added layer of reassurance is something many anxious patients value greatly.
Long Island sedation dentistry: safety first
Though anesthesia of any type always carries a certain degree of risk, when administered by skilled, highly trained practitioners, it is generally very safe.
It is important for certain types of patients, such as those with weight problems, kidney disease, liver trouble, heart disease, epilepsy or those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea to discuss their specific case with a physician in advance to avoid dangerous complications. Dentists experienced in the area of sedation dentistry will take a thorough medical history to discuss any medications currently being taking and to assess any other risk factors that could affect a patient’s candidacy for this type of treatment.
Sedation dentistry making a difference on Long Island
The increasing availability of sedation dentistry to patients everywhere is having an extremely positive impact on the number of “dentistry phobes” who are finally receiving the treatment they may have otherwise delayed or refused.
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliott are committed to providing dental treatment experiences that are sensitive to the needs and concerns of each patient, no matter their level of anxiety. Fully certified by the State of New York in IV as well as PO sedation, the doctors of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry possess the training and professional experience needed to perform sedation dentistry techniques safely and effectively in tandem with a wide range of office procedures.
To learn more about how sedation dentistry in our Suffolk County office, contact the Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry team at (631) 744-5700.