Sedation Dentistry

Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Westchester, Mamaroneck, NY

If you’ve been told you’ll need to undergo oral surgery, you might be feeling anxious, but there’s nothing to worry about. Thanks to sedation dentistry techniques, you can receive the oral care you desperately need while relaxing comfortably throughout the entire procedure. Shahin Ghobadi, DMD, and the team at Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Mamaroneck, New York, proudly offer sedation dentistry. Request your appointment by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a branch of oral health care that uses medication to help patients relax during various dental procedures. People often use the terms sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry interchangeably, but that description isn’t entirely accurate. 

During most instances of sedation dentistry, you’re awake and aware of your surroundings and able to answer your Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provider’s questions.  

Are there different types of sedation dentistry?

At Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the team offers a full suite of sedation dentistry services including: 

Inhaled minimal sedation

The team uses nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” for minimal sedation. You inhale nitrous oxide through an oxygen mask, which helps you relax and feel at ease. 

During your appointment, your dentist can adjust the level of sedation as necessary. Minimal sedation is the only type of sedation dentistry where you may be able to drive yourself home afterward.

Oral sedation

For oral sedation, you take a prescription medication like Halcion®. Halcion is a member of the same drug family as Valium® and makes you feel drowsy. Under oral sedation, you might fall asleep or feel groggy, but your dentist can still wake you with a gentle shake. 

IV sedation

IV sedation involves your Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provider administering anesthesia via a vein. IV sedation works very quickly and allows your dentist to adjust your level of sedation throughout treatment. 

Deep sedation

Deep sedation, also known as general anesthesia, involves taking medications that put you to sleep. Under deep sedation, you’re totally unconscious throughout your entire procedure. 

Regardless of the type of sedation dentistry you receive, your dentist also administers a local anesthetic. This ensures you feel no pain throughout the entire procedure. 

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

The team at Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery typically recommends sedation dentistry for people with severe dental anxiety. However, you might also benefit from sedation dentistry if you:

  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Have a noticeable gag reflex
  • Have trouble sitting still

Your dentist might also recommend sedation dentistry if you have a large amount of dental work that needs to be completed. 

Have you been putting your oral health on the back burner due to fears or anxieties? If so, sedation dentistry can help. Call the office or click the online scheduling tool to make your appointment at Ghobadi Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today.