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Patient with IV hand dripAre you one of the millions of US adults who experiences anxiety or phobia related to dental office visits? If you’ve been putting off dental care because of phobia or anxiety, finding the right dentist is essential. At Total Dental Care, Robert Miller, DMD and his Ridgewood dental team offer comfortable, gentle dental care that helps the most anxious patients feel right at home. Dr. Miller is also a trusted Ridgewood sedation dentist. We offer patients a variety of potential sedation options from the gentlest nitrous oxide to advanced IV sedatives. If you’re interested in learning more about dental care from a sedation dentist who serves Ridgewood patients, call Total Dental Care today. Our office is conveniently located just up the road in Forest Hills, and we welcome patients from Ridgewood and throughout Queens.

Every Patient Experiences Ideal Relaxation

Relaxed patient with nasal mask

At Total Dental Care, our team will work hard to keep patients relaxed and feeling right at home. Because we offer a full range of dental sedation options in our practice, every patient can experience safe, comfortable dental care. Some of the patients who can benefit from dental sedation include those who:

  • Experience dental phobia or anxiety
  • Suffer from sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflex
  • Need numerous or complex treatments in fewer appointments
  • Patients who experience chronic pain or health issues that make spending long amounts of time in the dental chair impossible
  • Patients suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other cognitive concerns that make undergoing dental procedures unsafe

Sedation in Our Office

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We offer three forms of dental sedation – nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation. Each sedative method is beneficial in certain cases, so we’ll review each option with you to ensure you pick the right option. Before you make a choice, you should know the basics of each sedative method: 

  • Nitrous oxide – this is the longest used and still one of the most popular sedation options. Nitrous oxide is a gas inhaled through a nasal mask during treatment. We can easily adjust your level of sedation, and after treatment, the sedative effect wears away quickly. That means you can return to your regular routine right away.
  • Oral conscious sedation – patients with severe anxiety or phobia that makes it difficult for them to leave home for their dental appointments may want to use oral sedation. These prescription sedative pills are taken at home about an hour before your treatment. By the time you leave home, you’ll already be relaxed. The level of sedation is moderate for most patients, and it will last for at least twelve hours. You’ll need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from our office.
  • IV sedation – intravenous (IV) sedatives are administered through a drip directly into a vein in your arm or the back of your hand. IV sedation offers a deep level of relaxation, and the dose can be quickly adjust throughout the procedures to keep you comfortable.

Benefits of IV Dental Sedation

Woman talking to dentist in dental chairNitrous oxide is a popular sedation option because the level of sedation can be constantly adjusted during treatment. However, nitrous oxide only offers patients very low level sedation. Oral conscious sedation provides higher levels of relaxation, but the dosage takes thirty minutes to an hour to adjust. IV dental sedation offers the immediate sedative adjustment possible with nitrous oxide coupled with higher levels of sedation than oral sedatives. For patients who choose IV sedation, we can carefully adjust your dosage and deliver completely comfortable care through even the most advanced procedures.