Sedation Dentistry

Robert Zarabi, DDS

Restorative & Dental Surgeon located in Midtown East, New York, NY

If you’ve been skirting the dentist as a result of a phobia or anxiety, various methods of sedation dentistry and a tranquil, comfortable dental office environment can help. In Midtown East, New York, Dr. Robert Zarabi and his group of dental professionals put your mind at rest and allow you to undergo necessary procedures for the betterment of your oral health. It’s crucial that you don’t miss out on certain preventive care and general oral health care services. Call or schedule an appointment online to see Dr. Zarabi.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses different methods to manage anxiety and pain that some patients can feel in regards to necessary upcoming dental procedures.

For you to receive important dental care, three types of sedation dentistry can be used to put you at ease, so you stay in the dental chair.

What are the different types of sedation dentistry?

Oral sedation is the most commonly used form of sedation and it involves medications that create a calming state and enable patients to relax.

With oral sedation, you’re usually conscious to the point where you’re responsive to verbal commands and physical stimulation. You feel drowsy and are essentially in a near sleep-like state. Oral conscious sedation is only recommended for patients over the age of 18.

The other two types of sedation dentistry are inhalation, or relative analgesia, and IV sedation. With inhalation sedation, you inhale the sedative as a gas, such as nitrous oxide, through a nose or mouthpiece on a special mask.

Intravenous, or IV sedation, is often used for more invasive dental procedures, such as extractions, implant surgery, gum surgery, and root canals.

Dr. Zarabi places a small catheter into a vein in your arm or leg and administers medications through an IV until the appropriate level of sedation is attained. IV sedation works quickly in a matter of minutes as the medication is directly administered into your bloodstream.

Why choose sedation dentistry?

When people avoid the dentist due to anxiety, dental complications are more likely to arise due to a lack of sufficient, professional dental care.

You might end up needing treatments and procedures in your future that are more invasive if bacteria festers and develops and periodontal disease, for example, is allowed to flourish.

Sedation dentistry gets rid of the obstacle standing between you and necessary dental care – anxiety.

Dr. Zarabi often recommends sedation dentistry if you have:

  • Anxiety or fear
  • Overly sensitive teeth
  • Pronounced gag reflex
  • Complex dental complications
  • Difficulty responding to methods of numbing
  • Suffered from traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) and can’t open your mouth for long periods of time

Recurring dental care keeps your smile healthy and reduces your risk of damage and disease. Dr. Zarabi works with each patient to decide the best course of action to make you feel comfortable.

If you feel anxious surrounding any aspect of your dental care, talk to Dr. Zarabi. Call or click to schedule your appointment.