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Sedation Dentistry

Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer a number of solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients - who might otherwise avoid the dentist - to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile.

Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as described below.

Single Tooth Anesthesia

Dr. Michael LazarSingle Tooth Anesthesia allows us to painlessly numb a single tooth without any facial numbness. Single tooth anesthesia replaces a conventional needle injection that is still used by most practices. Many of our patients let us know that they feel relieved and grateful that we offer an alternative method for placing an anesthetic without the pain, long lasting oral and facial numbness of a conventional needle injection. We believe that a device which allows dentists to effectively anesthetize a single tooth will greatly enhance the productivity of dental practices. Patients are able to leave the office without any facial distortion and allows a patient to resume normal activities immediately after visiting our office.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

IV Sedation provides relaxation medication through a small needle inserted in your hand or arm. Like oral sedatives, IV sedation does not provide pain relief, so a local anesthetic will also be administered. Intravenous sedation allows patients to still be awake but in an extreme state of relaxation, feeling little or no pain. IV Sedation is administered by MD anesthesiologists.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas" is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.

Oral Sedatives

This medication can be given to a patient the night before a dentistry procedure or 30 minutes to an hour prior to the dental appointment, depending on the severity of the anxiety. Oral sedatives do not provide pain relief, so an injection of local anesthetic will also be administered.