Scarsdale and Mt. Kisco, NY
Many people will have their bodies tense with fear at the thought of seeing the dentist or having their teeth cleaned.
Dental anxiety makes many patients skip visiting a dentist for treatment, and it can make oral health worsen. With sedation dentistry at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery, you are able to receive the care you need without having any pain.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Gary Orentlicher and Dr. Andrew Horowitz, have been extensively trained in a hospital setting, by medical anesthesiologists, to provide safe and reliable sedation options for those who suffer from anxiety at just the mere thought of meeting an oral surgeon or undergoing an oral surgical procedure.
Benefits of Sedation for Oral Surgical Procedures
It cannot be denied that most people will feel anxious when visiting the oral surgeon. Our goal is to break that stigma by offering the most calming environment for our patients alongside our highly trained and polite staff.
Types of Sedation Offered
We offer several sedation options to our patients. All sedation options are designed to alleviate the discomfort and stress of undergoing a surgical procedure.
Reducing the patient's stress will minimize the procedure time and maximize the healing and outcomes. Our patients commonly drift off into a comfortable sleep and wake up after the procedure is completed.
Anesthesia can be delivered in a variety of forms, all of which are available to our patients.
Our office is well equipped to provide sedation options such as oral sedation, inhaled minimal sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.
The most common sedation administered is IV sedation.
Our office is fully equipped with operating room level monitoring equipment and emergency equipment and medications. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons are all Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified.
All levels of sedation involve the additional administration of local anesthesia to numb the areas to be treated.
Mild sedation involves patients being entirely aware of their surroundings, but they are placed in a state of calm and relaxation.
During moderate sedation, a patient will be groggy and will most likely not remember most of the procedure.
Deep sedation involves a level of sedation in which the patient can still easily be awoken and has their natural reflexes intact.
As a comparison, a full general anesthetic requires an anesthesiologist to manage the anesthesia and the patient is completely under anesthesia and unconscious.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
A dentist administers anesthesia to a patient to help them relax and remain comfortable as they are receiving treatment.
You may require sedation if you are undergoing a lot of dental work in your appointments. You can request it if you are worried about having any dental work done.
The lowest level of sedative is the laughing gas that you breathe in. Laughing gas is suitable for those who have less pronounced anxiety.
A dentist may also administer oral sedatives to make you feel calm. An oral sedative will not make you fall asleep, but you are calm during your procedure.
Intravenous sedatives are given using an IV line and will put the patient to sleep as the dentist works on them.
What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?
IV sedation is usually administered via an IV line, and is often for people with a more serious fear of dental treatment, or when many procedures have to be performed within one appointment.
The dentist will determine the right dosage for you.
Is IV Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Yes, IV sedation is considered safe since the drugs dentists use have been used for decades. The possibility of any complications arising is usually rare and if they do, they are seldom severe.
What Medication Is Used for Oral Sedation Dentistry?
For oral conscious sedation, a dentist will give you sedative medications mostly in pill form.
The medication is given approximately an hour prior to starting the procedure.
Most dentists utilize triazolam which belongs to the diazepam family.
What Is Inhaled Minimal Sedation?
Inhaled minimal sedation is actually a mild form of sedation.
Mostly, it contains a mix of laughing gas and oxygen that a patient breathes through a nosepiece. It helps the patient be relaxed and accept treatment.
Dentists also refer to inhalation sedation as happy air.
Can I Drive After Sedation Dentistry?
Whether or not you can drive following sedation largely depends on the sedative type and the dosage you get.
For laughing gas (nitrous oxide), it wears off quickly, maybe within an hour. Thus, you can drive yourself.
However, for heavy sedatives such as oral sedation and IV sedation, you need someone to get you home, since they do not wear off quickly.
How to Prepare For Sedation Dentistry
It is paramount that you prepare for sedation dentistry in order to be ready for the treatment and get back home safely.
First, drink a lot of fluids, particularly the day before since you will not be allowed to drink or eat the day of sedation.
Also, do not eat anything in the hours preceding your appointment.
Moreover, bring someone with you who will get you home after treatment.
Call Our Scarsdale, NY Oral Surgeons to Discuss Your Sedation Options
Our goal is to provide essential help and services while giving our clients the most convenient, safe, and comfortable experience. If you have any questions about our sedation options in Scarsdale, please call us at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery at (914) 768-8220 today!