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.
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.
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.
The IV sedation will be performed by one of our experienced board certified anesthesiologists, Dr. Abra DiLisio or Dr. Gordon Barnes, who will also be on hand throughout the entire procedure. They provide the IV sedation for both adult and pediatric patients.
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.
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.
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.
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.