At Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates, we understand that some patients may experience a great deal of anxiety during a visit to the dentist. We also understand that this anxiety may cause individuals to avoid dental care entirely, which can lead to dental and other health complications down the road. To ensure that each patient has a comfortable, anxiety-free, and painless dental experience at our office, we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry, an option available to adults as well as children.
- About IV sedation dentistry
- Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
- Will I be unconscious?
- Will I feel any pain during sedation dental treatment?
- Will I be monitored throughout the procedure?
- Will someone need to accompany me to the office?
- How long does sedation dentistry last?
About IV sedation dentistry
Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates offer IV sedation dentistry, a technique that administers relaxation medication directly into a patient’s bloodstream. The procedure is monitored from start to finish by a licensed medical anesthesiologist.
Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
Candidates for sedation dentistry are individuals who experience high anxiety, who fear dental care as a result of a traumatic or painful experience in the past, who have a bad gag reflex, or have a limited time to undergo dental care. Sedation dentistry is especially helpful with children who have not been able to cooperate during dental visits because they are too young to understand. Sedation dentistry can be used while a patient undergoes various types of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, as well as periodontal treatment including implants. When you visit Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates, we will be happy to determine if you are eligible for sedation dentistry.
Will I be unconscious?
You will be conscious during sedation dentistry but usually are unable to respond to your dentist until the procedure is completed. Since you will be in a deeply relaxed state during sedation, you will not be able to recall the details of the dental treatment.
Will I feel any pain during dental treatment?
With sedation dentistry, dental care is painless! The IV is placed after the area has been numbed, so you won’t feel any discomfort. The remaining session is then completely anxiety and pain-free.
Will I be monitored throughout the procedure?
While you are sedated, your vital signs will be closely monitored by the medical anesthesiologist. If it is a pediatric procedure, the pediatric dental assistant, who is a licensed and registered nurse, will also assist in the monitoring.
Will someone need to accompany me to the office?
You will need someone to both drive you to our office as well as home afterward if you are undergoing sedation dentistry. The sedative effects of the IV medication preclude patients from driving themselves to and from our office.
How long does sedation dentistry last?
The effects of sedation dentistry will last from two to six hours depending on the extent of dental treatment required. You will likely need to rest an additional three to four hours after leaving the office.
To learn more about sedation dentistry and how it can benefit you, contact our Great Neck or Hicksville offices today.
Great Neck Dental Associates is proud to provide our care and expertise to patients in nearby cities. For your convenience, we have provided driving directions to our offices from the following locations:
- Directions from Astoria
- Directions from Babylon
- Directions from Bayside
- Directions from Flushing
- Directions from Garden City
- Directions from Glen Cove
- Directions from Hempstead
- Directions from Levittown
- Directions from Long Beach
- Directions from Manhasset
- Directions from Massapequa
- Directions from Plainview
- Directions from Port Washington
- Directions from Rego Park
- Directions from Roslyn
- Directions from Whitestone