Sedation Dentistry

Anxiety-Free Sedation Dentistry at our Dental Office in New York City

A survey by the American Association of Endodontists found that 80 percent of adult Americans fear dentists; more than half say this fear may keep them from seeing a dentist. Approximately 5 percent to 10 percent of adult Americans are considered dental phobics — people so terrified of dental treatment that they avoid dental care at all costs.

SDNY is able to provide patients who experience anxiety during a dental visit with several options to help them relax during treatment.

Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is easily and safely administered by the dentist through a small mask that covers only the nose. As the patient breathes normally, nitrous oxide relaxes the patient and quickly relieves anxiety. Best of all, because the effects of nitrous oxide dissipate immediately after the mask is removed, the patient is able to continue with the normal activities of their day.

Other anti-anxiety oral medications can be taken by the patient one hour prior to treatment and are also highly effective for most patients.

Intravenous (IV) sedation, safely administered by a board certified medical anesthesiologist, utilizing their own comprehensive monitoring equipment, can also be provided.

In some circumstances, patients may need to be treated in a hospital setting in an out-patient operating room. Many of the doctors at SDNY hold teaching and clinical positions at area hospitals and are able to treat our patients at these hospitals when necessary.

The members of SDNY are committed to making your dental treatment as comfortable as possible and are fully qualified and prepared to utilize the techniques most appropriate for your needs.

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