Very often a simple injection is enough to numb the area around a tooth targeted for treatment. Sometimes, however, a dental procedure requires more than a simple numbing procedure. At Montclair Dental Spa in Montclair and Englewood, New Jersey, Dr. Joseph Moussa, and his team are committed to keeping you as comfortable and pain-free as possible when you’re undergoing treatment. This is true whether you need conscious sedation to help you relax or general anesthesia to sleep through a complicated procedure. For expert care that includes sedation dentistry when necessary, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.
Sedation dentistry provides a relaxing and calming experience for patients who fear the dentist and are overly anxious about undergoing dental procedures. Different than simple sedation, general anesthesia causes you to fall asleep or become unconscious. Sedation can be administered orally, via an intravenous (IV) drip, or with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) delivered through a nasal mask.
The sedation your dentist recommends depends on the type of procedure you’re having and your level of fear or anxiety.
Minimal sedation, for instance, can relieve the anxiety you feel before and during a dental exam. You remain awake and can respond to directions and questions but should feel calm during the process.
Moderate or conscious sedation provides a deeper level of relaxation. You remain conscious but may slur your words and likely won’t remember much about the procedure. Deep sedation is reserved for those with deep-seated fear and aversion to the dentist’s office. It places you at the edge of consciousness but still technically awake.
General anesthesia is typically recommended for more complex procedures and especially for those patients whose level of anxiety or extreme behavioral response to the dentist might negatively impact the treatment outcome.
When provided by qualified professionals, IV sedation is a safe and beneficial therapy for patients experiencing anxiety and fear regarding dental treatments. The professional staff at Montclair Dental Spa are licensed to administer all levels of sedation, and patients are monitored closely throughout their time under sedation.
Even when they’re experiencing significant pain or visible dental problems, many individuals put off a trip to the dentist because of their fear. From a simple exam to a whole smile restoration, sedation dentistry makes it possible for even the most fearful patients to obtain the care they need.
Schedule an appointment at Montclair Dental Spa for expert care in a welcoming and relaxed environment that encourages you to share your fears regarding dental procedures. Call the office or book your visit using the convenient online scheduling tool.
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