Gentle Sedation Dentistry Makes It Easy to Receive the Treatment You Need

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from dental anxiety, just the thought of an office visit can make you nervous. Like many of these patients, you may have delayed dental treatment, putting your long-term oral health at risk. Fortunately, KFA Dental in Farmingdale, NY, offers sedation dentistry to help you relax during your appointment. We use nitrous oxide, which is one of the safest and most conservative forms of sedation. With this medication, your visit will go quickly, and you may never worry about dental treatment again. Drs. Donald KahnAngela Ferrari, and Daniel Aldieri are highly experienced with nitrous oxide, and can administer just the right amount, adjusting the levels throughout your appointment as needed.

A redheaded woman reclines on a dental chair with a nitrous oxide mask covering her nose

The use of nitrous oxide can help overly anxious patients relax and receive the treatment they need. 

Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

We frequently offer sedation to those who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. Though you may feel embarrassed about your anxiety, this is a common condition. It can arise because of a bad past experience or because of stories you heard from someone else. In other instances, claustrophobia, a strong gag reflex, or embarrassment may make you feel nervous, giving rise to numerous physical and emotional symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Spinning thoughts
  • Shortness of breath

Sedation may also be appropriate if you are preparing to undergo more extensive treatment. Using nitrous oxide, we can easily combine restorative procedures to make your care more efficient and to reduce the number of office visits. Finally, you may benefit from sedation if you have another health condition—such as arthritis—that makes it difficult to sit in one place for an extended period of time.

What to Expect When You Receive Dental Sedation

Nitrous oxide is a clear gas with a pleasant taste. You will breathe it in through a mask placed over your mouth and nose. It will take effect almost immediately. Nitrous oxide is commonly known as “laughing gas” because it usually causes feelings of euphoria. You may also experience slight tingling or numbness in your limbs. Although you will be deeply relaxed, you will remain awake, so you can respond to questions from your treatment team. Typically, we will combine nitrous oxide with local sedation, relieving physical discomfort as well as emotional distress. Your dentist can continue to administer the gas throughout your procedure, removing the mask as soon as it is done.

The Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation

When considering our sedation options, there were several reasons that we chose to offer nitrous oxide:

  • Safety: When administered by an experienced practitioner, laughing gas has minimal side effects and negligible long-term risks. Monitoring your heart rate, oxygen levels, and other vital signs, your dentist can adjust the dosage to ensure your health and safety.
  • Short-term effects: Once your treatment is complete, the gas will leave your system rapidly. In fact, in most cases, you can return to work or school immediately following your appointment.
  • Effective: With sedation, you will be less likely to delay the treatment you require. Therefore, you can enjoy improved oral and physical health as well as a beautiful, confident smile for many years.

Schedule Your Stress-Free Visit

To find out how nitrous oxide can reduce your anxiety and make your dental care easier than ever,  contact KFA Dental online to book an appointment. You can also call our office at  (516) 249-1188 to speak to a member of our team about any questions you may have about sedation dentistry. 

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