Sedation Dentistry in NYC


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Upper West Side Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provides a variety of sedation dentistry options. Call 212-466-6984 to schedule an appointment.

Nitrous Oxide


Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Mixed with oxygen, nitrous oxide allows you to breathe normally through your nose, and within minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some patients comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.


Pediatric Inhalation Sedation


Children suffer from the same anxiety related to dental procedures as adults, often magnified by prior encounters. Pediatric inhalation sedation combines the use of inhaled gas (different from nitrous oxide) and oxygen to quickly and safely induce sleep, with children waking shortly after the procedure is complete. Children and young adults are often most concerned about “the needle,” and this technique eliminates that concern. During pediatric inhalation sedation, your child’s heart rate, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure will be monitored by trained professionals who are certified in both basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.


IV Sedation


IV sedation/general anesthesia, uses medications to allow the patient to go to sleep while receiving dental treatment. Surgical patients or patients with high levels of anxiety, or special needs may benefit from IV sedation/general anesthesia. The doctor can discuss the benefits of general anesthesia and help patients determine if it is the best choice for them.