Sedation Dentistry in Long Valley, NJ
Here’s Why Sedation Dentistry is Right for You
If you’ve ever experienced dental anxiety or are fearful of the dentist, we recommend sedation dentistry. At Rogler Family Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry to ensure you feel comfortable and relaxed during your entire visit.
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Rogler, let us know if you have dental anxiety so we can prepare for your appointment accordingly. We may also use sedation dentistry for our patients who have one or more of the following:
- Past traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- Fear of dental tools, sounds, or smells
- Undergoing more than one procedure
- Have a bad gag reflex
- Phobia of needles and shots
Types of Sedation Dentistry
For many patients who have dental phobia or anxiety, they say that the actual procedure isn’t uncomfortable or scary, but it’s the stress and nerves about it that causes their angst. With this in mind, we offer different types of sedation dentistry to help fit your needs best.
During your consultation, Dr. Rogler will discuss the recommended procedure with you along with any concerns you may have. At this time, he will be able to consider which type of sedation you may want for your procedure. The ultimate decision is up to you to ensure that you feel completely safe and stress-free.
The first, most common, type of sedation we offer to our Long Valley patients is nitrous oxide — also known as laughing gas. This sedative can be used on both children and adults so that you can feel at ease throughout your visit.
Laughing gas is favored by many for its immediate effectiveness and how quickly it wears off once the procedure is finished. Some patients prefer this sedation option to simply relax when getting their teeth cleaned or for more severe procedures like tooth extractions.
We also often prescribe an oral sedative as a mild to moderate option for sedation that’s administered prior to your appointment to help keep you calm by the time you come in. While this is not a pain killer, it eases the fear and unwinds the body so that you can remain at ease during your procedure.
Some patients will even say they feel like they’ve fallen asleep and wake up not remembering the surgery at all. This helps them feel more comfortable to visit our office again because of how easy their procedure was.
For more specific procedures like when a cavity is being treated or other minor dental work, patients sometimes prefer to use a combination of laughing gas and localized pain medication — known as local anesthesia.
A major benefit of this type of sedation is how localized it is. For example, if a cavity is being treated on one side of the mouth, the other side will remain fully functional. This way you can eat immediately after the treatment while the numbing effect wears off on the other side.
As a sedation dentist, Dr. Rogler believes a local anesthetic is a highly effective option to completely eliminate any pain. Our qualified sedation team can administer and monitor the amount of medication needed during the course of your treatment to ensure the specific area will remain numb.
If you’re receiving a more intensive procedure or multiple treatments are being done at once, we will likely suggest IV sedation. With this method of sedation, Dr. Rogler will administer the sedative through an IV so it can begin to work almost immediately.
IV sedation is extremely effective and many of our patients will fall into a deep sleep during the procedure. You won’t feel anything during your treatment and we will continue to monitor the amount of sedation administered into your body for safety.
Once Dr. Rogler has completed your treatment, the IV sedation effects still wear off gradually, but we do recommend having a friend or family member drive you home just in case.
Total or Deep Sedation
For those needing oral surgery or who may be undergoing a complete smile makeover, total sedation may be right for you. This is also referred to as sleep dentistry because you will be put to sleep and you won’t remember anything from the entire procedure.
Dr. Rogler always focuses on accuracy with your treatment, and that requires not rushing through the procedure. Deep sedation helps patients stay still naturally for long periods of time so he can successfully complete your surgery with no mistakes.
We will carefully monitor you during the procedure as well as when we’re done to ensure that the anesthesia wears off as it should. You’ll also need to have someone drive you home with total sedation because you’ll feel slightly sluggish for the remainder of the day. Rest and relaxation are also recommended by Dr. Rogler so you’re surgical site can properly heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sedation may be right for you if you’re afraid of the dentist, are undergoing complex treatments, have a bad gag reflex, or don’t respond to numbing agents.
Sedation dentistry can Dr. Rogler complete a wide range of treatments, so consulting with him prior to your appointment will allow him to find a solution that best meets your needs.
We’ll also look at your age, health, and check to see if you’re taking any other medications before choosing which sedative option is right for you.
You should expect different results with the different types of sedation available. With nitrous oxide, you’ll inhale the laughing gas through a mask and it will put you in a state of bliss. At the end of your treatment, you’ll be given oxygen to help bring you out of sedation.
Oral sedation is given to you at a prior appointment so you can take the medication an hour or so before your procedure. You’ll feel very calm and stress-free, yet still able to respond and move upon Dr. Rogler’s requests.
If IV sedation is right for you, you’ll need to stop eating and drinking the night before your treatment. The sedative will be given to you intravenously at our office, causing you to fall into a deep sleep. With total sedation, you’ll be numbed and then fall completely asleep, making you not remember much of your procedure when you wake up.
Some precautions you should take when being sedated is preparing to potentially have a friend or family member drive you home, depending on the level of sedation you receive. Also, children sometimes react differently to various types of sedation, so Dr. Rogler will always be sure to monitor younger patients closely.
During your consultation, we will discuss everything you may need to know about sedation dentistry so you can be fully ready on the day of your procedure. We focus to make sure your dental experience is comfortable, efficient, and convenient no matter what.
Depending on the type of dental sedation you receive, it will wear off at various times.
For example, with laughing gas, it will wear off promptly after Dr. Rogler has completed your treatment. When you use oral sedation, it may take a couple of hours to wear off so we will sometimes suggest that you have a driver.
Local anesthesia is just a numbing agent to a certain area of your mouth, so the numbness will diminish throughout the day.
With IV sedation, it will gradually wear off and some patients will feel drowsy after their treatment, so you’ll also need to have someone drive you home. You’ll also still feel the effects of deep sedation after your procedure so we recommend not driving for the next 24 hours.
Getting Started with Sedation
At Rogler Family Dentistry, we take the time to get to know you and understand what all of your concerns are prior to making a recommendation as to the type of sedation you should consider.
We will also need to know if you have any other health issues, risks, or are allergic to anything. Typically, if you have responded well to pain medication or sedation in other medical treatments, you will do well with sedation dentistry and not experience any negative side effects.
Still, if you have questions or concerns be sure to discuss them with Dr. Rogler during your consultation. With any type of dental work, it’s important to be well informed and make a decision that you feel is best for your health and your goals. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (908) 850-0506 for more information or to get started.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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