Dental anxiety affects an estimated 36% of the population, with an additional 12% suffering from an extreme degree of dental fear. For people with dental anxiety, “white coat hypertension” (a term for a spike in a patient’s blood pressure at the dentist’s office) can be a roadblock to getting regular dental care. Patients undergoing an endodontic procedure often have varying levels of anxiety, resulting from factors related and unrelated to the endodontic procedure itself. Root canal treatment in particular has a bad reputation that isn’t deserved. When root canal treatment is done correctly, the vast majority of patients realize the procedure is no worse than receiving a regular dental filling! At Advanced Endodontics of New York, we’re determined to change how patients think about endodontics by combining a compassionate touch, advanced skills and innovative technologies such as root canal sedation in New York, NY!
Unfortunately, avoiding treatment aggravates dental disease and compounds fear. That’s because anxious patients frequently have more advanced levels of dental disease, which can be hard to treat without some degree of pain. Getting prompt and beneficial treatment is the best way to alleviate both dental fear and disease. Sedation dentistry in New York, NY is designed with your ultimate comfort and safety in mind, and goes a long way to soothing nerves (both physical and emotional)! We are certified in administering enteral (oral) and parenteral (nitrous oxide and IV) conscious sedation, and have several years experience delivering excellent endodontic care to patients.
As many as 40 million Americans refuse to go to the dentist due to a fear of needles. DentalVibe uses gentle vibration to help block pain signals from the brain. With DentalVibe, our endodontists apply light vibration near the anesthesia injection site. When injection and vibration sensations occur simultaneously, the brain processes the vibration signal first, essentially blocking the sensation of the injection. Many of our dental patients who fear needles said they didn’t even feel their injection! In short, DentalVibe effectively lessens anxiety and delivers a far more pleasant dental experience than patients anticipate.
Oral sedation is administered in the form of a pill that may be combined with nitrous oxide. About an hour prior to your scheduled appointment, you’ll take a prescribed sedative (e.g., Valium) that produces a desired state of relaxation during treatment. In some cases, we may recommend the use of oral sedation the night before your appointment, especially if you have dental anxiety. We’ll monitor all your vitals during sedation to ensure your safety. You’ll remain conscious and responsive during the procedure and feel relaxed, and you may forget parts – or even the entirety! – of your treatment. A designated driver will need to escort you to and from our practice, due to the sedative effects of the medication.
Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry since 1844. It’s a sweet-smelling, non-irritating and colorless gas that is inhaled with oxygen through a small mask placed over your nose. The level of relaxation can be adjusted by changing the concentration of nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a great option for alleviating mild anxiety during less complex treatment. It works very quickly and wears off in a few minutes, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home.
With IV sedation, medication is administered intravenously, usually in a vein in your hand, to induce a calming sleeplike state. The sedative alleviates any procedural pain and anxiety, while allowing you to remain conscious and breathe on your own. Our anesthesiologist will monitor your vitals throughout the procedure, and he can easily increase or decrease the amount of sedation medication and/or local anesthetic to ensure maximum comfort. Some sedatives have an amnesiac effect, which means you’re unlikely to remember any part of the procedure. A designated person will need to drive you home and you should avoid drinking alcohol, making important decisions and operating cars or heavy machinery for at least 24 hours.
Avoidance of dental treatment can result in poor oral health, and can ultimately have a negative impact on your overall health and quality of life. Delaying a root canal procedure can cause greater discomfort and increase the risk of the infection spreading. Leaving an infected root canal system untreated can result in an abscessed tooth, incapacitating pain, and serious – even life-threatening! – complications. Without treatment, the infection may spread beyond your jaw to your neck, head or other parts of your body. And if you suffered a knocked-out/avulsed tooth, then emergency care is essential in order to save it! With calming root canal sedation in New York, NY, you don’t need to postpone care and suffer the consequences!
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