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Sedation Dentistry – Mineola, NY

Experience Dental Care
Without the Anxiety

Is going to the dentist always stressful for you no matter what kind of treatment you need? Has this anxiety caused you to cancel appointments or miss out on much-needed care for years? We completely understand, and we’re ready to help you finally relax with our sedation options. From routine cleanings to advanced restorative care, we can use sedation dentistry in our Mineola, NY dental office to make any appointment fly by, so that at the end, your only thought is, “That’s it?”

Why Choose Meadowbrook Dental Care for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Gentle & Effective Nitrous Oxide
  • Fast-Acting IV Sedation
  • Kind & Patient Team

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Some patients don’t need as much help dealing with their dental anxieties and only require a mild type of sedation to stay calm during their dental appointments. In these cases, we’ll likely suggest a type of dental sedation that you may have heard of: nitrous oxide. The effects of the nitrous oxide kick in quickly, and you won’t have to wait too long for them to wear off after your procedure. This means you can enjoy the benefits of sedation without worrying about how it will affect your schedule for the rest of the day.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide can be a good choice if:

  • You are anxious about visiting the dentist.
  • You tend to be uncomfortable with needles.
  • You often have trouble getting dental work done due to a strong gag reflex.
  • You are unable to fully control your movements, meaning you often can’t sit still.
  • You are unable to fully control your movements, meaning you often can’t sit still.

On the other hand, you might not be an ideal candidate for nitrous oxide if:

  • You are pregnant.
  • You have congested sinuses.
  • You have a respiratory disease of some kind.
  • You are currently taking certain medications

To know for sure if nitrous oxide is a good fit for you, we will need to take a look at your medical history and consider your current needs. Please let us know if you have any concerns about nitrous oxide; we won’t move forward with the treatment until you feel like you’re properly informed about what to expect.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

Typically, the only preparation you’ll need to make for nitrous oxide sedation is to avoid eating anything too heavy before your appointment. Otherwise, all you need to do is come to our office and make yourself comfortable in our treatment chair. Our team will fit a small mask over your nose before turning on the machine that releases the nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen.

Nitrous oxide can make you feel very relaxed and happy. It does not, however, put you to sleep. As such, we can still ask questions or give you instructions if we need to. Our team may increase or decrease the level of sedation depending on your needs during your treatment.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide

Naturally, any aftercare instructions you receive after your dental appointment will depend on what kind of treatment was performed. With that said, there generally isn’t anything you need to do to recover after nitrous oxide sedation. The effects will wear off within minutes, so it will typically be safe for you to drive on your own afterward. You’ll also be able to return to work, run any necessary errands, and generally carry on with the rest of your day as normal.

IV Dental Sedation

I V dental sedation drip

For patients with severe dental anxiety, or who require extensive care, IV sedation is the ideal option. A potent sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream, helping a patient become extremely relaxed within moments. Even better, we can adjust someone’s sedation level in real-time to ensure they feel completely comfortable moment to moment. IV sedation can also allow a patient to save time by enabling our team to complete multiple procedures during one well-planned visit.