Dental Anxiety/Sedation Dentistry—Phillipsburg, NJ
No More Stress at the Dentist
You don’t need a dental degree to know that many, many people struggle with dental anxiety. For some, it just makes them feel slightly nervous about their appointments, and for others, it causes them to miss out on care for years at a time. If you’re a member of either one of these groups, the team at DeMartino Dental Group can ensure you enjoy a calm and productive appointment using sedation dentistry in Phillipsburg. The safe, proven methods outlined below can calm your mind, prevent physical discomfort, and show you that going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience anymore.
Why Choose DeMartino Dental Group for Sedation Dentistry?
- Team Led by Two Highly Experienced Dentists
- Sedation Available for Any Dental Procedure
- Kind & Caring Team That Prioritizes Comfort
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
With nitrous oxide, tranquility is just a few breaths away. This method works by having the patient breathe in a mixture of the odorless gas and oxygen through a small nasal mask, and quickly, a feeling of warmth and happiness envelopes them. The amount of nitrous oxide can be adjusted throughout an appointment based on a patient’s comfort level, and once the mask is removed, the effects wear off almost instantly, meaning a person can get straight back to their day.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you could take a pill that would make all your dental anxiety go away, would you do it? Well, that’s exactly how oral conscious sedation works! You’ll be prescribed medication to take on the day of your appointment, so that by the time you sit in the chair, you’ll already be sedated. You’ll remain awake the entire time, but the appointment will fly by very quickly, and you’ll likely only have fuzzy memories of it afterward.
Types of Drugs Used for Oral Conscious Sedation
Based on your level of anxiety and the type/length of procedure you need, you may be prescribed one of the following medications:
- Valium: Thanks to its long half-life, this sedative is best for time-consuming, complex procedures.
- Halcion: A common treatment for insomnia, it can also help patients feel more at ease during their appointments, plus it helps many basically forget about their experience afterward.
- Ativan: Usually prescribed for general anxiety, this medication is best for procedures that take less than 2 hours.
- Versed: This has a similar effect to nitrous oxide and is ideal for short, routine procedures.
This treatment involves administering a sedative directly into the bloodstream using an injection in the hand or arm. It is very potent and fast-acting, so we typically recommend it for patients with extreme dental anxiety or those who will need to be in the chair for a long time. It can also allow us to perform multiple treatments in a single appointment so a patient can get what they need in fewer visits.