Anxiety keeps many people out of their dentists’ chair for treatments
they need, including preventative teeth cleanings, and treatments they
want, like cosmetic dentistry procedures. Fortunately, you don’t
have to stay away from the dentist no matter how powerful your dental
phobia is. With
sedation dentistry, you can get the treatments you need comfortably, without any anxiety.
There are several options for sedation dentistry, so set up a consultation
with your dentist to discuss which method may be right for you.
If your anxiety about your dental treatment is centered on a fear of needles
that is required to deliver local anesthesia, then talk to your dentist
about the STA System. The STA System is a computer-guided, clinically
proven system for delivering local anesthesia virtually painlessly. The
STA System is also more precise, so there is less residual numbness outside
of the treatment area after you receive care. For some patients, knowing
that they don’t have to face an uncomfortable injection is enough
to get them in for treatment.
Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is inhaled through your nose
before your dental treatment begins. Most people feel the effect within
20 to 30 seconds. Some patients stay conscious, but calm, throughout their
treatment, while others fall into a light sleep. Nitrous oxide is safe
to take for the duration of your procedure, and there are no side effects.
Most patients recover immediately after the gas is stopped and can return
home without assistance.
An oral sedative can provide powerful relaxation for your dentist appointment.
Patients take the pill about an hour before going to the dentist office
so that it takes effect before your treatment. Because the sedative causes
extreme drowsiness, you will need someone to help take you to and from
Dr. Michael J. Wei offers these sedation options so that all of your dental
treatments are comfortable for you, no matter your history of dental anxiety.
Find out how our
dentist in Manhattan can help you get the oral care you need by calling (212) 982-4080.