Tribeca Dental Studio offers a variety of sedation and anesthesia options so that our patients can get through complex dental procedures without pain and overcome any anxiety they may have about visiting the dentist. Our very experienced, board-certified anesthesiologist can help you or your child manage just about any level of pain, anxiety, or behavioral concern. If you’re looking for a pain-free dentist in NYC and a fear-free visit, call us to ask about our anesthesia and sedation options.
Going in for a dental procedure is not nothing. We know it can be disruptive to your life and inconvenient. We also know lots of very brave grownup people who experience dental anxiety–up to 15% of Americans avoid the dentist for this reason. So we want you to know it’s okay to show up fully with your fear. We’ll help you through it. And please remember that the anticipation is usually the worst part!
As for physical pain, some procedures may indeed leave you with a little soreness afterwards. (And we’ll always make sure you have appropriate pain management for that!) The good news is that a needle prick delivering anesthesia or sedation is the worst pain you’ll experience during any procedure at Tribeca Dental Studio. In fact, if we begin to work, and you do feel any pain, we want you to speak up, because we can very easily administer additional local anesthesia. Your comfort is paramount.
Local anesthesia is by far the most common pain management method in dentistry. It thoroughly numbs the local area around where it is injected. We use it for all kinds of procedures, including fillings, root canals, implants, and crown prep. Local anesthesia is a mainstay of modern dentistry, and it works incredibly well. If you elect any other pain or anxiety management, it will be in addition to local anesthesia and can be administered prior to it so you don’t have to fret about the needle.
Conscious sedation involves anti-anxiety medication. We’ll provide you with a prescription, which you’ll pick up from the pharmacy and take orally prior to your appointment. Like nitrous oxide, this measure is used in addition to local anesthesia. It’s meant to help patients address any psychological or emotional distress they may feel in anticipation of and during their dental appointment.
With IV sedation, a sedative medication is delivered intravenously. Most patients who receive IV sedation have little or no memory of their dental procedure. They may fall asleep, but this is not the type of unresponsive unconsciousness associated with general anesthesia.
This is the deepest type of sedation, and it affects the whole body. It’s so sedating, in fact, that patients require breathing assistance while under general anesthesia. This is typically reserved for lengthy and complex procedures such as full-mouth restorations.
You may have also heard this called laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is a gas that you inhale through a mask to feel euphoric (rather than anxious or fearful) during a dental procedure. Patients receiving nitrous oxide remain conscious but simply aren’t worried about a thing. When combined with local anesthesia, nitrous oxide makes for a totally uneventful dental experience. Once we take the mask off of your face after the procedure, you’ll return quickly to your normal state of consciousness.
Don’t let anxiety or pain-aversion stop you from getting dental care that you need. We are here to help you manage your fears, and we’ll always make sure you have the right pain management. Book an appointment today.Book Now