Sedation Dentistry & Anesthesia
At Bergenfield Dental Associates, we are proud to offer sedation dentistry to help you relax and ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible. Our services include:
We offer our patients in-office sedation with a board-certified anesthesiologist. IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is significantly different than general anesthesia. During general anesthesia, the patient is completely asleep. With IV sedation, you will not be asleep, but in a safe, comfortable “semi-awake” state. Most likely, you will have little-to-no memory of the procedures performed during sedation. During IV sedation, you can respond to verbal commands, and you need no medical assistance to maintain breathing or heart function.
Laughing gas is a great option for patients who need a little help relaxing for a dental procedure. The gas is breathed through a mask that is placed over your nose. The dentist has complete control over the amount of sedation you receive, and the effects of laughing gas wear off quickly.
There are times when the dentist will need to numb a part of your mouth in order to avoid pain during a procedure. There are two types of numbing injections that are typically used. A block injection will numb an entire region of the mouth. An infiltration injection will numb a smaller area near where the injection is given.
If you need local anesthesia for a treatment, the dentist will dry your mouth with air or cotton. The skin can then be treated with a numbing gel. Then, the local anesthetic will be slowly injected. It’s likely you won’t even feel the needle. Any stinging is caused by the anesthesia moving into the tissue.
Local anesthesia can last up to several hours and is a great option for virtually pain-free dental procedures. After this type of anesthesia, you may find it difficult to speak or eat. You also need to take care not to bite down on the numb area.
If you would like more information about sedation dentistry and how we can make your visits comfortable and relaxed, call us today at (201) 588-3328.