Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Emerson Dental Arts

General & Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentists located in Emerson, NJ

If the idea of going to the dentist causes you severe anxiety and keeps you from making your smile the best it can be, Emerson Dental Arts has the solution. With sedation dentistry, Dr. Archer Katz invites a licensed anesthesiologist to put you under conscious sedation so you won’t be awake during dental treatment. This is a great option for men, women, and children in Emerson, Harrington Park, Old Tappan, Oradell, Westwood, or Paramus, New Jersey, who are fearful of any dental treatment or need to have a lot of work done in one visit. Call the office or make an appointment using the online booking tool if you’re interested in this option.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

At Emerson Dental Arts, Dr. Katz and his staff use medication to help you relax during dental procedures ranging from routine cleanings to tooth extractions.

You may hear it referred to as “sleep” dentistry, but in most cases, you’re not actually asleep. The medication takes the edge off your anxiety, makes you drowsy, and dulls your sensitivity so you can relax and stop worrying about pain.

If you have severe anxiety, Dr. Katz brings in a qualified anesthesiologist to put you under general anesthesia. That means you’re asleep for the entire dental procedure, feel nothing, and experience no fear. This option is always available to you, and Dr. Katz is happy to provide it.


Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Men and women who feel anxious or nervous when visiting the dentist may benefit from sedation dentistry. If you’d rather suffer tooth pain or avoid regular, essential cleanings than head to the dentist’s office, sedation dentistry can help you get the work you need to keep your oral health in check.

You may also benefit from sedation or "sleep" dentistry if you have a low pain threshold or have trouble sitting still during dental procedures. People with sensitive teeth or a severe gag reflex can find relief with sedation. Dr. Katz may also recommend you undergo sedation -- mild or general anesthesia -- if you have a large amount of dental work to be performed in one visit.

If your child is seeing Dr. Katz and is nervous about the dental visit, they may benefit from sedation dentistry, especially nitrous oxide. It’s completely safe for most children.


What is sedation with nitrous oxide?

Dr. Katz offers sedation in the form of nitrous oxide. With nitrous oxide, you’re under inhaled, minimal sedation. The staff places a mask over your nose, and you breathe in the nitrous oxide to help you relax. Dr. Katz controls how much of the gas you receive. In most cases, the effects wear off rapidly -- so much so that you can usually drive home on your own after receiving it.


What types of medications are available for sedation?

Dr. Katz may recommend you take anti-anxiety drugs prior to your dental appointment. He prescribes an oral medication, like Xanax®, that you take about an hour before your procedure. The medication makes you feel drowsy so you’re more relaxed as the staff performs dental work.

If you’ve had nitrous oxide sedation, anti-anxiety drugs, or other mild sedatives during dental procedures in the past, but still found the visit to be overwhelming, ask Dr. Katz about going under general anesthesia for your procedure. He’s more than happy to accommodate your needs.

Emerson Dental Arts and top dentist, Dr. Katz, offers Sedation Dentistry services in Emerson, NJ and surrounding areas. Please feel free to call our office or request an appointment online today. 



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