Sedation dentistry makes it possible for patients with fear and anxiety of dental procedures to confidently visit the dentist for dental care. There are several reasons patients may require sedation, such as phobias, fear caused by past negative experiences at the dentist, and lengthy dental procedures. Michael Kampourakis D.D.S. provides sedation options for patients in Commack, NY; Smithtown, NY; and throughout Suffolk County, NY.
Three Sedation Options
- Oral Sedation – Prior to treatment, the patient takes an oral medication to induce relaxation and alleviate anxiety.
- Inhalation Sedation – Nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas, provides a feeling of euphoria that allows patients to relax.
- IV Sedation – This type of deep sedation option is intravenously administered and generally used for patients desiring little or no memory of the treatment.
Common Questions about Sedation
Am I a good candidate for sedation?
Your dentist is best equipped to determine whether sedation dentistry is appropriate in your situation. It is important to consult with the dentist to determine the type of sedation that is best for you. Some considerations that affect eligibility may include age, overall health, and other medications.
What to expect with sedation?
The process varies, depending on the type of sedation that is administered. If you are using oral sedation, you will take the medication about an hour before your appointment. Under oral sedation, you will feel relaxed, but aware of everything that is happening. Nitrous oxide is an inhaled gas that is administered during the procedure. When your treatment is completed, oxygen is administered to help reverse the effect of the gas.
IV sedation is the most complex. The night prior to treatment, you will be asked to abstain from food and drink. A sedative is administered intravenously before the procedure to put you in a deep sleep. During the treatment, you will be monitored by a dental anesthesiologist who will adjust your dosage, if needed.
What precautions are needed after sedation?
Depending on the type of sedation, you may need someone to drive you home after your appointment. IV sedation often requires supervision after the procedure. For additional information and to learn if sedation is right for you, contact us at 631-462-2810.
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