When you visit our office, you'll find an atmosphere of compassion and caring where we treat you like family. But for some patients, visits to the dentist bring anxiety that can be difficult to manage, no matter how empathetic the team is. In other cases, there may be dental treatments that require sedation, such as oral surgery.
We understand these situations, and we do all we can to help you have a calm, positive experience with us. We provide sedation dentistry to alleviate stress and pain so that you can have excellent oral health without anxiety.
You're conscious and responsive but relaxed either by oral sedation (medication) or nitrous oxide, a.k.a. "laughing gas."
You're conscious but not fully responsive and might feel sleepy or slur words. This is usually through oral medication taken an hour earlier.
You're semi-conscious or asleep but can be awakened if necessary. This is often done through IV medication.
You are placed into a deep sleep and are unresponsive. This is through an IV, and recovery time is necessary to fully awaken.
We hope that by providing a positive, family-oriented experience we can reduce any anxiety you may have about seeing the dentist. But we understand that may not be the case for everyone. Rest assured, we will always have your mental and physical health as our top priorities. That's why we will explain your options and any risks with you before sedation is administered.
Your oral health is vital to your overall health. That's why Endicott Dental will work with you to find the solution that is best for you, no matter your anxiety level. We are here for you.Request An Appointment
As a general rule, it's best to not eat at least 6 hours before oral or IV sedation. If you are undergoing general anesthesia, the doctor may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.
Sedation allows your body and mind to relax to make your dental procedures easier and less stressful. Stress can negatively affect you physically as well as mentally, and sedation reduces those impacts.
Those with heightened or severe anxiety levels related to dental work may need sedation. Those undergoing several procedures or more complicated procedures, such as oral surgery, will need sedation.
There is always a risk with general anesthesia, but we will outline those risks before the procedure so you can decide on your best option. You will need to tell us of any sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, as they can increase the risk of complications from anesthesia.
Unfortunately, many dental plans do not cover sedation dentistry. Check with your insurance provider for details. We offer financing solutions in such cases, which we will be happy to discuss with you prior to any treatment.
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