Sedation Dentistry

Sleep Your Way to Healthier, More Beautiful Teeth

One of the most common reasons that patients have for avoiding the dentist is fear or anxiety. Sometimes these feelings of anxiety are rooted in the past. Other times, patients experience them because they have a sensitive gag reflex, or they have trouble sitting or holding their mouth open for a long period of time. All of which may result in appointments being put off or avoided completely.

But when you don’t visit the dentist regularly because of dental anxiety, your oral health suffers. Over time, this kind of neglect can lead to tooth loss, disease, and health problems in other parts of the body.

Still, we understand that your fears are very real, and we want to help you address them and even overcome them. You deserve dental care that responds to your emotional as well as physical needs. With sedation dentistry, team at South Shore Dental Care can help you feel more relaxed during any dental procedure, from a simple filling to a complex root canal.

Different offices meet the sedation needs of their patients in different ways. Our Massapequa team uses oral sedation to put dental phobias to rest. Using oral sedation, we can help patients with varying degrees of fear experience a greater degree of comfort than they ever thought possible.

How Does Oral Sedation Work?

If you have avoided regular or more essential care in the past because of fear, call South Shore Dental Care to talk to us about how your life can be different with oral sedation. Once we know if you’re a good candidate for oral sedation—which we’ll do by reviewing your medical history and your current medications—we’ll select the anti-anxiety prescription or sedative drug that fits your needs the best.

No matter what we choose, we’ll be selecting from a range of safe, widely-prescribed drugs designed to diminish anxiety. The dosage you’ll be prescribed will depend on the amount of anxiety you feel, which will determine your level of consciousness during your appointment. It’s not uncommon for patients to feel so relaxed during their appointment that they actually drift off.

On the day of your appointment, you’ll just need to take your sedative or anti-anxiety pill as prescribed. Sometimes patients are encouraged to take part of their prescription the night before so they sleep better prior to their procedure, but that will depend on your specific needs and isn’t necessary for everyone. Once you’ve taken your pill, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment and stay with you until the effects of your sedation have worn off.

But what if oral sedation isn’t right for you? Our Massapequa team also offers nitrous oxide for greater patient comfort and relaxation. Some patients may even benefit from combining nitrous oxide and oral sedation.

Sedation dentistry has helped thousands of patients who formerly avoided dental care visits to discover a renewed sense of hope for their oral health. If dental anxiety has kept you from visiting our Massapequa dental office, sedation dentistry can help you, too.

IV Sedation

Exceptional Care from a Board Certified Anesthesiologist

To make sure that our patients experience a safe, comfortable visit with sedation dentistry, Dr. Stutman works with board certified anesthesiologist Dr. Kevin Glassman. A graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, Dr. Glassman has years of experience as an attending physician and an anesthesiologist. Throughout his career, he has served with Kings County Hospital, the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and the Prohealth Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is also the founder of General Anesthesia Services, LLP and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Our boutique dental practice in Massapequa attracts people from Long Island, Merrick, Bellmore, and Wantagh with our wide array of dental care services and cutting edge technology. Contact us today to learn more about how we can provide oral health and smile makeovers for you and your entire family.