Does dental phobia prevent you from going to the dentist? It may seem minor but avoiding dental care is devastating to your oral health.
To help you feel at ease during dental treatments, Brooklyn Heights Dental® offers nitrous oxide and intravenous (IV) sedation dentistry.
Why should I consider sedation for my next appointment?
There is no need to feel embarrassed about your dental anxiety...
When is sedation recommended?
Available Sedation Options
Our team takes appropriate measures to foster a safe, comfortable atmosphere for our patients. We offer two types of sedation on-site. During a consultation, Dr. Stanislaus will address your questions and concerns, and analyze a number of factors to recommend appropriate sedation options for you.
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas, is the most commonly used form of sedation in dentistry. Many dentists prefer nitrous oxide because it is a safe option that carries few risks. Nitrous oxide fully relaxes patients without putting them to sleep.
Laughing gas is very simple to administer. If you choose to undergo this type of sedation, Dr. Stanislaus will place a mask on your face before treatment begins. You will be instructed to breathe naturally and inhale a gaseous mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. You will be fully awake, experience feelings of euphoria and calmness, and remain fully relaxed during treatment. Although nitrous oxide has little risk of adverse side effects, you will be closely monitored by our staff. The effects of nitrous oxide dissipate rapidly following removal of the face mask. It is the only type of sedation that wears off quickly enough to allow you to safely drive after your appointment.
Most patients are good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation. If you have slight to moderate anxiety, have a sensitive gag reflex, or are allergic to other types of sedatives like oral and intravenous methods, Dr. Stanislaus may recommend nitrous oxide sedation.
As its name implies, intravenous (IV) sedation is administered through a vein in the arm or hand. IV sedation is injected directly into the bloodstream. IV sedation is a much deeper form of sedation dentistry that will induce a “twilight sleep.” While under the effects of IV sedation, you will fall into a deeply relaxed state and will be free of pain and anxiety. Additionally, IV sedation creates an amnesia effect, so patients do not have unpleasant memories of their treatment. At the same time, you will still be able to answer questions and respond to your treatment team. Your level of sedation will be pre-determined and monitored using our state-of-the-art technical monitoring devices, ensuring your complete comfort and safety.
It will take some time for the medication to leave your system, so you will not be able to drive yourself home. Once the medication wears off, you will have little recollection of your treatment.
IV sedation is an excellent option for patients who are especially nervous, have medical conditions like back or neck pain, or are undergoing multiple or lengthy procedures at one time.
Patients who suffer from dental anxiety or phobia may be good candidates for sedation dentistry at our Brooklyn Heights, NY, practice. Sedation can also help to reduce discomfort during extensive procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Eugene Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid will explain the two types of sedation offered: nitrous oxide and IV sedation. At Brooklyn Heights Dental®, serving patients in Fort Greene and surrounding areas, we strive to provide comfortable, stress-free, and low-risk procedures.
When Do We Recommend Sedation Dentistry?
If you struggle with dental anxiety or dental phobia, sedation will typically be appropriate. Dental phobia can arise for many different reasons. Sometimes it can occur because you have heard frightening stories from someone else. Or you may have had an unpleasant experience at another practice.
In other cases, you could experience dental anxiety because of embarrassment, claustrophobia, or a strong gag reflex. This condition can cause heart palpitations, nausea, and sweating. Some patients suffer from insomnia the night before a dental appointment. In some cases, you may not have visited the dentist for years because of your unease.
It is important to inform us of your health history and any known allergies. We may suggest a specific type of sedation based on this information.
We may recommend sedation before more extensive treatments, such as extractions, dental implants surgery, or bone grafting. Our treatments are very gentle and precise. However, sedation can further reduce discomfort and help you feel more relaxed.
Risks and Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Dental sedation is very low risk. Nitrous oxide is mild and safe even for children. Though stronger, IV medications are also safe and reliable, especially when administered by an experienced practitioner. Our team will monitor your vital signs throughout your treatment.
The levels of IV medication can be adjusted, as needed. This helps keep you safe and comfortable during your treatment. It is important to inform us about your health history and any known allergies. We may suggest a specific type of sedation based on this information.
When sedation dentistry is used, your treatment may be easier and more comfortable than you thought possible. In fact, if you have neglected dental treatment because of your anxiety, sedation will enable you to receive the care you need. As a result, you could enjoy vastly improved oral health for many years to come.
Brooklyn Heights Dental
The team at Brooklyn Heights Dental has been committed to caring for our community's smiles since 1956. Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid are affiliated with several renowned institutions and organizations, including:
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- International College of Dentists
- The Misch International Implant Institute
To set up an appointment or learn more about our services, call the practice at (718) 857-6639 or contact us online.
"I've been very happy with my experiences at Dr. Stanislaus's office, and highly recommend him to anyone in the New York City area. He and his staff go above and beyond to do the best job possible."-R.B. (Patient)