Long Island Oral Sedation
Common Anxiety Management
Most dentists and most patients have a basic understanding of common anxieties that we all encounter or at least think about at one time or other while getting ready for dental treatments.
Medications for routine management of pain perception have been around nearly forever. Novocaine, is probably the most popular. Medications also exist and are routinely used for (e.g., nitrous oxide) helping patients manage the fear of pain perception, which can be more anxiety producing than the pain itself.
In our office, Dr. Brant focuses on the comfort level desired by his patients.
Since people have different definitions of what makes them anxious or uneasy and what they consider to be the perfect comfort zone, Dr. Brant uses different combinations of technologies, topical solutions and oral medications to create the treatment experience wanted by each patient.
Extended Appointments – Time Collapse Dentistry
Many patients with active careers or lifestyles have difficulty “finding the time” to undergo either routine dental care or treatments that require several sessions.
Business entrepreneurs or busy self employed patients enjoy the opportunities of having special appointment sessions set up by Dr. Brant that can, in many cases, complete all needed treatments in only one, uninterrupted visit.
Oral sedation has the magical effect of collapsing the time dimension of treatment. With proper levels of monitored sedation…. 4 or 5 treatment sessions can seem like 15 minutes. Naturally, there are additional benefits of experiencing minimal discomfort and effortless anxiety management.
Patients who have experienced muscular discomforts with certain types of treatment (root canals, implant surgery, bone and tissue grafting) can usually expect the absence of these post-treatment discomforts. Sedation medications, for many patients, produce a level of muscle relaxation that can eliminate common discomforts associated with long appointments.
Common Anxiety Causing Aversions
There are numerous therapeutic and reconstructive procedures provided to our patients that can be coupled with almost any degree of sedated experience while undergoing treatment. Examples of treatments that can create feelings of slight apprehensiveness to extreme white-kuckle-arm rest-gripping anxiety are listed below:
- Arriving for an Appointment (not uncommon for some)
- Routine Dental Exams
- Gum Contouring
- Dental Sounds
- Laser Sounds
- Dental Smells and Odors
- Teeth Cleaning
- Impressions for stone models, temporaries (gag reflex)
- Tooth Cleaning and Polishing (vibration factors)
- Re-attachment of bridgework – crowns
FAQ – Sedation Therapy
Will I feel any pain?
No. You will feel nothing.
Will I be unconscious?
No. You will be in a deeply relaxed state and you will be responsive.
Will I be monitored?
Yes. because of its safety One of our team members is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone. The reason that we use oral sedation is because of its safety. As an added measure of safety, we use monitoring equipment to monitor your pulse and blood pressure. You will be done before you know it, completely unaware of the time passing and totally relaxed.
How long will I be relaxing?
Depending on your needs, you will be in a relaxed state anywhere from one to six hours.
Will someone need to accompany me to the appointment?
Yes. Due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.
Patients seeking additional information or details about specialized treatment sessions or appointments are invited to contact Dr. Brant directly via our on-line Ask The Dentist form during or after usual business hours.