Sedation Dentistry

We use advanced sedation dentistry for a wide variety of in-house services. Our goal is to ensure you are comfortable, calm and relaxed through any dental treatment or dental procedure. Our team will work closely with you to assess what fears you may have and determine a treatment option that feels comfortable for you.

Sedation Dentistry in Harriman, NY

Dental fear and anxiety can keep many Harriman, NY, patients from receiving the necessary dental care they need for healthy, beautiful smiles. If that sounds like you, put your mind at ease. You’ll have a comfortable experience here at Harriman Family Dental. Our practice possesses a rare combination of positivity, comfortable amenities, and minimally invasive dental technology that makes it easy to overcome your concerns. In fact, we want you to not only receive the dental care you need but also enjoy your dental visit!

We offer sedation dentistry services customized to your unique level of dental fear to minimize your anxiety and worry. We also offer dental sedation to help you combine multiple treatments into one efficient appointment, minimizing the number of visits you have overall. At Harriman Family Dental, we offer oral sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and IV sedation. These sedation options are used for a myriad of procedures, including wisdom teeth removal, dental implant restoration, or even minor procedures like dental bonding. Let our sedation dentistry treatment put your fears to rest and change not only your relationship with dentistry but, ultimately, your smile!

Hygienist administering dental sedation.
  • What is laughing gas and what does it do?

    Laughing gas is Nitrous Oxide and is commonly used as a local sedation method. It’s colorless and odorless and its usefulness stems from its ability to quickly work and safely reverse its effects. It is a widely considered safe dental sedation method.

  • What type of anesthesia are used for dental work?

    The most common types of anesthesia used are local anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is a numbing medication that is injected directly into the area that is to be treated—usually the gums around an affected tooth. In contrast, general anesthesia produces a more profound experience that usually leaves no memory of the actual procedure. It’s typically used for more intensive procedures like tooth extraction, dental implants, or other surgical procedures and the patient is unconscious during the process. IV sedation is a deeper type of anesthesia that achieves a period of brief sedation with very little memory of the surgery.

  • What should I expect with IV Sedation?

    IV sedation does a great job of managing both pain and anxiety. An advantage of IV sedation is that the medicine takes effect very quickly and also wears off in a timely manner. Since the medicine is strong, the patient will need to arrange for another person to take them home after the procedure. This is the sedation method used for most oral surgeries.

  • What are the side effects of IV sedation?

    Common side effects of IV sedation may include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and dry mouth. Serious side effects are rare but may include respiratory depression or allergic reactions.

  • Can I eat or drink before dental IV sedation?

    In most cases, patients are instructed to refrain from eating or drinking for a certain period before receiving IV sedation to reduce the risk of aspiration during the procedure. Your dentist will provide specific instructions based on your individual circumstances.

  • Can I drive after receiving laughing gas at the dentist?

    It is generally advised to wait at least 24 hours before operating a vehicle or heavy machinery after receiving laughing gas, as it may impair cognitive and motor function temporarily.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about sedation dentistry, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further. For existing patients, please book your appointment through our online scheduling link below. New patients should use the button below to fill out a Request Appointment form.

Harriman Family Dental

96 NY-17M
Harriman, NY 10926
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Monday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
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