Sedation Dentistry in West Sayville, NY

Overcome Dental Anxiety, Get the Dental Care You Need

Dental anxiety, or fear and anxiety of the dentist, is enough of a problem that can stop millions of people worldwide from going to the dentist at all! Skipping the dentist is a poor decision because it can lead to developing or worsening oral health issues. Your Long Island, NY, dentist, located in West Sayville, can offer sedation dentistry for patients who feel trepidation or fear about their dental visit. Learn more by dialing 631-563-1583.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, refers to the chemical methods your dentist can use to keep you calm and pain-free during your dental procedure. By relieving feelings of fear and making you more resistant to pain, your dentist can help you overcome dental anxiety. That way, you’re more likely to attend your appointments and get the care you need to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

People who may benefit from sedation dentistry include patients:

  • With mild to severe dental fear
  • Who are very young
  • Who are unused to seeing a dentist
  • Who have a strong gag reflex
  • Who has a resistance to local anesthetic
  • Who find it difficult to sit in the dental chair for long appointments
  • Who have certain medical conditions or disabilities
  • Who are elderly and more prone to fear and embarrassment around their oral health

Who Isn’t a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Few patients may require clearance from their primary care provider before receiving sedation. You may not qualify if you have one or more of the following health issues:

  • Cardiac Disease
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Uncontrolled Hypertension

Sedation dentist Dr. Sigismondi will explore every factor that may lead to complications beforehand to ensure your safety.

Types of Available Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is the most widely utilized form of sedation in modern dentistry. You’ll inhale the colorless, non-flammable gas through a mask and begin to feel the effects. As the name implies, you’ll likely feel slightly giddy and euphoric. As a form of conscious sedation, you’ll be able to remain awake and responsive after application. You might fall asleep because you feel so relaxed, but our West Sayville dental staff will wake you up.

Nitrous oxide is in-office, and the effects tend to wear off within minutes of the sedation being stopped. Unlike other forms of sedation, the effects of the nitrous oxide wear off so quickly that you can leave soon after the gas is stopped and even drive home.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill prescribed by your West Sayville sleep dentist at a calculated time before your procedure. By the time you arrive at our dental office, the effects of the sedative should have set in.

Much like laughing gas, oral conscious sedation allows you to remain awake and responsive or woken up easily. However, the effects of oral sedation tend to last longer than nitrous oxide. You’ll need to procure reliable transportation home beforehand and not participate in driving or other risky activities for at least 24 hours afterward.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a form of sedation that puts patients in controlled unconsciousness. Unlike local anesthetic, which affects only a part of your body, general anesthesia affects your entire body. The substances used in general anesthesia stop all signals to the brain. Unlike the other forms of sedation, general anesthesia will keep you asleep until the process is deviated by cutting off the supply of sedatives.

Once the anesthesia stops, you’ll probably wake up quickly. However, you’re likely to feel hazy and confused, and the effects can last up to two days after the initial application. You’ll need to secure reliable transportation home.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

  • Eases Dental Fear – Sedation helps put patients in a relaxed state of mind and helps make all of their appointments easier.
  • Makes Long Appointments Faster – Because you’ll be less aware or even asleep, your appointments will go by much faster, which can be especially useful for longer appointments.
  • Increases Resistance to Pain and Discomfort –  Substances used for sedation often have pain-eliminating properties to help keep patients even more comfortable during dental procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Richard M. Sigismondi, DMD, P.C.

8 Munson Lane
West Sayville, NY 11796

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