Sedation Dentistry: Different Options to Help You Remain at Ease

Grey-haired woman smiling in the dentist's chairMillions of Americans suffer from dental phobia, or fear of the dentist. Unfortunately, this fear can often prevent patients from receiving the care they need, leading to further oral health concerns and increased anxiety. If you are seeking a compassionate dentists who is highly skilled in sedation dentistry, turn to Dr. Brian Hirschfield in Lakeville, NY. Dr. Hirschfield has completed extensive training in the field, and he offers both oral and intravenous (IV) sedation. When you arrive for a consultation, we will review each option and carefully determine the type of sedation that is right for you. Contact Lakeview Dental today to learn more.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

At Lakeview Dental, we recognize that dental anxiety is a serious concern for many patients. We choose to offer oral and IV sedation because we want all of the patients who visit our practice to have comfortable and positive experiences. Oral and IV sedation are designed to put you in a state of deep relaxation while allowing you to remain awake.

No matter if you will be undergoing a routine filling or a more extensive procedure, sedation dentistry can help you relax and receive the quality treatment you deserve. In addition, we often recommend sedation for patients who are undergoing dental implants placement, tooth extraction, bone grafting, or root canal therapy, even if they do not suffer from a form of dental phobia. Finally, if you have a strong gag reflex or you have found local anesthetic to be ineffective, dental sedation can help to make your procedure more relaxing.

What Is Oral Sedation?

If you choose oral sedation, we will prescribe an anti-anxiety medication in pill form. You will take the medication before arriving at our office, helping to ensure a comfortable visit from start to finish. The strength of medication will be carefully determined based on your level of anxiety. It is possible to induce a state of twilight sleep with oral sedation by prescribing a stronger dosage. In this state, you will still be able to answer questions and respond to commands. However, you will remember little or nothing about the actual procedure. Since any form of sedation causes drowsiness, you will need to have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment.

What is IV Sedation?

With IV sedation, we will administer medications directly to the bloodstream to help you remain at ease. In many cases, we recommend IV sedation because it allows Dr. Hirschfield to adjust medication levels throughout the course of treatment. Dr. Hirschfield has completed more than 90 hours of specialized education on IV sedation and received certification from the state of New York, making him one of the most well-trained sedation dentists in the Lakeville area.

Learn More about Our Sedation Options

Our sedation dentistry options have helped countless patients overcome dental phobia. To learn more about sedation dentistry and find out which method may be the most appropriate for your needs, schedule an appointment at Lakeview Dental today.

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