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Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Bell Family Dental PC

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Bayside, NY

Going to the dentist arouses anxiety and fear in many people. You may avoid going to the dentist, which only causes your oral health to suffer. At Bell Family Dental PC, in Bayside, Queens, sedation dentistry and compassionate care from Dean H. Cherpelis, DDS, and the skilled team of dental providers can help ease your fears and concerns about dental visits. Call the New York City office, or schedule an appointment online to benefit from a team that addresses your anxiety surrounding dental care.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Although the team at Bell Family Dental PC does everything possible to make you feel comfortable and stress-free at your dental visits, anxiety and fear may still creep up. Sedation dentistry involves techniques to help reduce dental anxiety through oral sedatives or nitrous oxide.

Should I consider sedation dentistry?

If you’re in generally good health but get anxious about dental visits, sedation dentistry is a possible option. Specific reasons you may request sedation dentistry include:

  • Previous traumatic dental experience
  • The need for a lot of work to be done in one visit
  • Poor response to local anesthesia
  • Strong gag reflex
  • A fear of needles or shots
  • Extremely sensitive teeth

People with problems sitting still through a dental exam, cleaning, or other work may also benefit from sedation dentistry.

Before you receive sedation, Dr. Cherpelis reviews your medical history and notes any medications you’re currently taking to ensure there are no contraindications.

What types of sedation are available?

Dr. Cherpelis provides nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Each helps ease your anxiety to make dental visits more comfortable.

Nitrous oxide

You may know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.” It provides mild sedation during your procedure, so you relax enough for dental work to be done. You inhale nitrous oxide through a small mask. It’s administered for the entirety of your procedure; once it’s turned off, the effects wear off quickly, and you can even drive home.

Oral sedation

You’ll be given a prescription for an oral medication before your appointment. Dr. Cherpelis gives you instructions as to when to take it prior to your procedure, so you get maximum benefit and relaxation before your procedure begins. When receiving oral sedation, you need a person to come with you to the procedure and drive you home.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Conscious sedation is a long-used technique that’s proven safe. During sedation, the team at Bell Family Dental PC monitors you to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.

If you have anxiety related to dental visits, consider sedation dentistry at Bell Family Dental PC as an option. Call the office today or request an appointment online.