Sedation dentistry allows patients with dental anxiety or difficulty sitting comfortably for long periods to relax as they receive the treatment they need. Greater Long Island Dental Health Associates, serving the Long Island, NY, area, offers nitrous oxide to help patients achieve deep relaxation that subsides quickly after treatment. Dr. Stephen E. Rogers, D.M.D. is a compassionate dentist who wants to make your experience as comfortable as possible. You are encouraged to share your concerns during your consultation so he can take the right measures to help you feel comfortable under his care.
About Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is inhaled as it is delivered to the airways using a mask. It immediately induces a feeling of relaxation for the patient. Nitrous oxide is used in conjunction with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The effects wear off quickly once the mask is removed, and patients can drive themselves home after treatment.
Who is a Good Candidate?
If you feel anxious when visiting the dentist, or if conditions such as arthritis or Parkinson's Disease make it difficult to sit comfortably for the duration of your treatment, you are probably a candidate for sedation using nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide can also make it easier to treat patients who have a sensitive gag reflex or are otherwise highly sensitive to dental treatment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports that nitrous oxide sedation is considered safe for children as well as adults. However, this treatment may not be recommended if you:
- Have emphysema
- Are in the first trimester of pregnancy
- Have recently undergone ear surgery
- Are suffering from nasal congestion
We urge patients to be open and frank with us regarding any anxiety or physical discomfort that may discourage you from undergoing simple routine treatment or more extensive procedures.
Your Comfort Is Important to Us
Your oral health is incredibly important. In fact, many do not realize that conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay not only affect your smile, but can also increase your risk of conditions such as pneumonia and heart disease. We believe nothing should stand in the way of receiving the oral health care you need and deserve. We urge patients to be open and frank with us regarding any anxiety or physical discomfort that may discourage you from undergoing simple routine treatment or more extensive procedures. In addition to nitrous oxide, we may be able to provide other accommodations such as blankets or soothing music that can make your visit with us completely comfortable in every respect.
Call to Discuss Your Options Today
Our doctors at Greater Long Island Dental Health Associates can help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you. If you feel sedation would aid in making your dental care more comfortable, contact our office online or give us a call at (516) 468-7103. Under our care, you can expect gentle and compassionate treatment for all your oral health needs.
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