Sedation Dentistry in NYC

Do you suffer from Dental Anxiety?

Dr. Austin understands that going to the dentist can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. To alleviate your nervousness, The Smilist – Midtown Manhattan is pleased to offer several different methods of dental sedation to our patients in Midtown West, NYC.

Call us today at 212-262-6054 to schedule your sedation dentistry appointment.

Below is an overview of the sedation dentistry options we provide:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a mild inhaled sedative that is delivered through a nose mask. Your dentist will adjust the mixture of nitrogen and oxygen to the blend that is just right for you. You will remain awake and responsive, but feel calm and relaxed. You might also feel a bit heavy and experience some lightheadedness and tingling sensations. If the effects ever make you uncomfortable, you can simply remove the mask. Nitrous oxide wears off very quickly, making it safe for you to drive home after your procedure.

Conscious Oral Sedation

Conscious oral sedation is a fancy name for taking an anti-anxiety pill before your procedure. You will feel relaxed and sleepy, and may even drift off during treatment. However, you will be easy to awaken, and can follow your dentist’s instructions. Oral sedation can cause lingering grogginess, so bring someone with you to drive you home, and plan to take it easy for the rest of the day.

IV Sedation

As the name suggests, IV sedation delivers sedative medication through an IV that remains in your arm throughout your procedure. You will not become unconscious, but you are likely to fall asleep or, at a minimum, to feel loopy and out of it. IV sedatives take several hours to fully wear off, so you must have someone drive you home. If possible, have that person stay with you for a few hours to help out, as you may not feel alert enough to manage the tasks of daily living. Do not drive until the next day.

Questions? Call us today at 212-262-6054 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

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