Sedation Dentist Staten Island

Taking the Stress Out of Oral Surgery

Dr. G understands the value of partnerships as well as anyone given that he frequently works with a wide array of local dentists and doctors. That is why he has an anesthesiologist as part of our clinical team. Our goal is to not only deliver stellar care to our patients, but ensure they remain comfortable every step of the way, which is why we’re happy to offer multiple options for sedation dentistry in Staten Island that can make even the most persistent nerves go away.


Why Choose Staten Island Oral Surgery Center for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Partnered with Licensed Anesthesiologist
  • In-House IV Sedation for Oral Surgery
  • Easy Medical Insurance Billing


IV Sedation

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IV sedation is the strongest option we have, so it is typically recommended for patients who have extreme dental anxiety or require complex care. Some choose to use it if they would like to have multiple procedures performed in a smaller number of appointments to save time.

The way it works is straightforward: our on-site anesthesiologist will administer the sedative to the patient using an injection in their hand or arm, and this will make them deeply relaxed very quickly. A patient’s breathing and other vital signs will be monitored throughout the procedure, and there will be a discussion beforehand to ensure that the medication used is compatible with someone’s medical needs.

The level of sedation can be adjusted in real-time throughout someone’s appointment to help them stay comfortable from moment to moment, and while many patients remain conscious, some are able to actually fall asleep because they are so warm and calm.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Man holding a white pill

This potent and reliable form of sedation dentistry is a great choice for patients who struggle with dental anxiety or who will be undergoing a lengthy procedure. It’s administered via a prescribed pill, which is taken before your appointment, and will help you feel deeply relaxed throughout your treatment. While you’ll remain conscious enough to respond to basic instructions and questions, it’s very unlikely that you’ll remember any of your appointment afterward.

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Man holding glass of water and white pill

A patient will be prescribed a single, personalized dose of anti-anxiety medication. This sedative will typically be in the form of a pill, and the patient will take it before their appointment so they will feel calm by the time they reach our office.

How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

Man relaxing in dental chair with eyes closed

Most patients report feeling groggy and as if their limbs are heavy while under the effects of oral conscious dental sedation. Some become so relaxed that they fall asleep during their treatment. However, you will not be completely asleep, as we’ll be able to awaken you easily with a gentle nudge if needed. You’ll remain conscious enough to respond to basic requests, but it’s unlikely that you’ll remember anything of your appointment afterward.

The sedation will linger throughout your appointment as well as for a time afterward. That’s why you’ll need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you home, where you should plan on resting for the remainder of the day. The effects should wear off within a few hours.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

Nervous woman in dental chair covering her mouth

If you feel severely anxious prior to your appointment, enough to the point that you find yourself calling to reschedule or cancel out of fear, oral conscious sedation may be your best option. It’s also a great choice for patients who are afraid of needles or masks since this method doesn’t require either. It’s also commonly recommended for patients who are undergoing longer appointments, perhaps to have a complicated procedure done or complete several treatments in one visit.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Man in dental chair with eyes closed and nitrous oxide mask on his nose

The lightest and most common form of dental sedation is nitrous oxide sedation. Also called “laughing gas,” this gentle but effective sedative is an excellent option for most patients. It’s administered via a small nose mask, which also allows us to adjust the level of sedation at any point during treatment. Nitrous oxide sedation wears off within just a few minutes of removing the mask so the patient can return to the rest of their day without interruption.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Redheaded woman on city sidewalk covering her mouth

If you only have mild anxiety, nitrous oxide is likely the best solution for you. It’s also a great option for patients who simply need a little bit of help to feel more comfortable in the examination chair. This includes patients who suffer from issues like TMJ dysfunction, an overactive gag reflex, very sensitive teeth, back pain, and neck pain. It can also be a very effective option for patients who typically don’t respond well to numbing medications alone.

While most patients young and older alike are considered good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation, there are some exceptions. We will generally not recommend nitrous oxide sedation for patients who are pregnant, have a respiratory illness, or are currently experiencing nasal congestion.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

Young woman in dental chair with nitrous oxide sedation mask on her face

To receive nitrous oxide sedation, we provide you with a small nasal mask that is worn throughout your appointment. As you inhale the colorless, odorless gas, you’ll start to feel warm and relaxed. Many patients report feeling a light sensation in their limbs. You will stay conscious but will be oblivious to the sights, sounds, and feelings that would typically cause you anxiety or discomfort. We will be able to adjust your level of sedation at any time during your appointment.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Dental patient wearing nitrous oxide mask

One of the reasons why nitrous oxide dental sedation is such a popular option is that there is basically no interruption to your day. When we remove the mask after your treatment, it will only take a few minutes for you to fully return to your normal level of consciousness. You’ll even be able to drive yourself home after your appointment. While a very small percentage of patients feel mildly nauseous afterward, studies show that there are no serious negative side effects in the short-term or long-term.