Would you like to sleep during your visit to the dentist? Are you worried about needles? Does the sound of the drill make you shiver? Hate having your mouth open for long periods of time? Do you have a phobia of dentistry due to bad past experiences? Hate multiple visits to the dentist? If you answered yes to any of these questions, sedation or sleep dentistry may be perfect for you! Sedation dentistry has dramatically evolved in recent years to be safer and more effective than ever, providing a comfortable and pain-free dental experience. For mild anxiety, premedication with a sedative may be beneficial for your visits. You must be accompanied by another adult to and from the dental office for your treatment to ensure your safety.
Sleep dentistry, sometimes referred to as twilight dentistry, involves intravenous sedation administered through medical sedatives, helping you stay relaxed but mindful during the procedure. The level of sedation can be controlled as you wish. If you prefer oral sedation or inhalation sedation, we can also discuss these options with you. You will need someone to drive you home after this procedure. This procedure is particularly suitable for anxious patients who have postponed dental treatment due to their fear of dentists and dental procedures.
Oral Conscious Sedation Depending on the total dose administered, oral sedation can vary from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, take a pill. Usually the pill is Halcion, which is in the same family of drugs as Valium, and is usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, even if you will still be awake. A higher dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. It is the type of anesthesia most often associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become sufficiently dizzy after moderate oral sedation to fall asleep during the procedure. However, they can usually be awakened with a slight shaking. IV Sedation Intravenous (IV) sedation refers to the administration of an anti-anxiety medication into your blood during your dental treatment. Intravenous sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry. However, instead of falling asleep, the sedative helps you relax and feel at peace. During your dentist appointment at JDental, the Dr. DeSouza will insert a fine needle into a vein in your hand or arm. The needle is connected to a santitzed IV tube which delivers the sedative directly into the bloodstream. An anesthetic cream can be applied to the area to be pierced by the needle if you are afraid of needles. While some patients stay on an IV all the time, others may not be able to. In this case, the drug is administered and the needle is withdrawn. Both situations achieve the same degree of conscious sedation. The doctor will constantly monitor your pulse and oxygen levels to make sure you are not having a negative reaction to the sedative. Your blood pressure will also be checked before and after the procedure. You may feel a little dizzy after the procedure. For this reason, ask a family member or friend to drive you home. It is also advisable to take the whole day so that you can get enough rest.
Dr. Jessica deSouza has been practicing dentistry for 10 years. She attended Yale University and obtained a B.A in Economics. Dr. Jessica deSouza completed a Post Baccalaureate at Columbia University and obtained a DDS at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. She also completed a General Practice Residency at Veteran’s Administration Brooklyn Hospital. She is a member of the American Dental Society and NYS Dental Association. She participates with Osseoinstitute Study Club, Bayside Periodontics Study Club, and Women to Women Dentists. Dr. Jessica deSouza also volunteers with God’s Love We Deliver, Jan Hus Urban Outreach Center and Dental Lifeline.