Sedation Dentistry in Schenectady
Easing the Capital District’s Dental Anxiety
If you’ve delayed dental care for many years, you’re not alone. Many of our patients haven’t visited a dentist in more than five years, and some in as many as thirty or more. Dental phobia is one of the most common fears people face, from mild anxiety to extreme distress. Sometimes, the apprehension is so great, a person might not seek treatment for dental pain, leaving his or her smile to deteriorate. It’s important to seek the care necessary for optimal oral health, and sedation dentistry calms fears for a relaxing experience at our Schenectady dental office.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
With safe, effective sedation dentistry, you can get the dental work you need and the smile you deserve, comfortably and without fear. Sedation dentistry has been practiced safely for more than thirty years to perform millions of dental procedures. At Capital Smiles, Dr. Shiloh Lieberman and Dr. Erin Page are both certified by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and New York State to administer oral sedatives to patients who experience dental anxiety. We also use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to promote a calming experience, in addition to IV sedation for complex cases and especially anxious patients.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
“Please, if you are afraid of dental work, try conscious sedation with Dr. Lieberman and his great staff. You won't regret it."
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is typically recommended for patients with mild to moderate feelings of dental anxiety and/or fear. This method is administered through a mask that fits over the nose, and within a few minutes, patients start to feel calmer and more content. The most appealing benefit of nitrous oxide is that it works well for busy patients – the effects wear off very quickly, which means that patients can return to their job, run errands, and even safely drive themselves home from our Capital District practice.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Like the name implies, oral conscious sedation involves the use of oral sedatives. Our Schenectady team will provide a prescription, as well as instructions concerning when to take the medication before your appointment is set to begin. On the day of your appointment, you’ll take a small amount of medication in our office. Patients will need to be escorted both to and from our office by a trusted friend or family member, and once you arrive, our team will ensure your complete comfort and relaxation before starting the procedure. Oral conscious sedation is often strong enough to cause a partial or full amnesic effect, meaning that you’ll remember very little about your appointment once it’s completed.
“The surgery was UNBELIEVABLE! When I woke up it was over. No pain. The next day, no pain. I am now in good shape, and look forward to getting the rest of my teeth taken care of. I’m not afraid to come back. This office took 30 years of dread, and removed it in an hour."
Anonymous Satisfied Patient
Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Page are two of only a very few number of general dentists in the Capital District licensed by New York State to administer IV sedatives to help their patients relax and be more comfortable during their dental procedures. IV sedation also allows Drs. Page and Lieberman to complete comprehensive dental treatment plans in our office, most often without the need for additional appointments and coordination with other specialists.
IV Sedation is often the best choice for patients in need of complex dental treatment or who suffer from severe dental-related anxiety. The sedative will be administered intravenously, which allows the dosage to be easily altered throughout the course of your procedure. Patients will enter a deep state of relaxation while still remaining conscious enough to respond to simple commands from Dr. Lieberman, Dr. Page, and our team members; you’re likely to not even remember the procedure once it’s complete. Following your procedure, patients will need to be taken home by a friend or family member and watched over until the effects of the sedation fully wear off.
What Can I Expect at My Sedation Dentistry Appointment?
Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Page will begin your visit with a comprehensive examination and a discussion of your dental needs without creating embarrassment or judging you. They will then create a customized treatment plan to safely and effectively restore your oral health. We’ll teach you all about our proposed treatment options, and our CAESY Patient Education System provides additional information about our therapies. A wax model of your proposed new smile gives you a 3D model to touch and feel, letting you envision your new look. If you fully understand your treatment options, you will feel more confident in your oral healthcare decisions. We even utilize 3D cone beam imaging when placing and restoring implants, allowing Dr. Lieberman and Dr. Page to see where the best bone is for optimal results and better quality work.
On the day of your appointment, you'll enter a state of relaxation and we’ll restore your treasured smile, often in just one visit. You’ll be monitored throughout your time with us, and be sure to bring along a friend or family member to drive you home. With sedation dentistry, you’ll enjoy a comfortable experience and leave with pleasant memories of your visit.
Request a Consultation Today
Contact us for more information about sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lieberman or Dr. Page. If you’re interested in sedation dentistry, we’ll include an educational CD and an informational brochure. Our Schenectady office serves residents of Albany, Troy, Saratoga, Niskayuna and other surrounding areas in the Capital District.
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