If you’re apprehensive or nervous about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. It is estimated that between 9% and 15% of adults avoid going to the dentist because of this fear. At Navesink Dental Care, we understand these feelings and want to help. That’s why we offer our patients sedation dentistry in Middletown, Redbank and the surrounding area. Whether you just need a routine cleaning or a brand-new smile, sedation dentistry can help make your experience comfortable and relaxing. Our Red Bank and Middletown dentists, Dr. Allan Ruda and Dr. Beth DeAngelis, offer three different types of sedation dentistry – nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and local anesthetic.
Nitrous Oxide. This is the most common form of sedation dentistry and has been used safely for many year. It is known as laughing gas. This form of sedation allows the patient to drive home following the appointment, or immediately resume normal activities after the procedure.
Oral Sedation. This type of sedation is a pill that allows the patient to be relaxed without being completely sedated. Approximately one hour prior to the dental procedure, the patient will be asked to take a small pill. Often times the patient falls asleep during the appointment due to the level of relaxation. After the treatment is completed, the companion will take the patient home to rest and sleep for a couple of hours after the appointment. If a patient elects oral sedation, he or she will need a friend or family member to accompany them to the appointment, as the patient will be unable to drive while sedated.
Local Anesthetic. This level of sedation is also used for dental procedures that require part of the mouth to be numb. The numbing medication is administered directly into the gum or cheek. Numbing only the area where dental work needs to be performed allows our dentists to complete procedures without pain or discomfort. Local anesthetics also allow the patient to drive home and resume normal activities following the procedure.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact Navesink Dental Care at (732) 741-7733 and one our friendly staff members schedule a consultation. Don’t let your fear of the dentist keep you from a healthy and beautiful smile.