Sedation Dentist – Plainview, NY

Complete Your Necessary Care without Feeling Anxious

Plainview team member working on sedated patient

Dental phobia is a real phenomenon that keeps millions of people from getting the dental care they need, and at Meadowbrook Dentistry, this breaks our hearts. If you’re the type of person who has avoided going to the dentist for years because of anxiety or fear, sedation dentistry can help finally remove that barrier to you getting the smile you deserve. We offer multiple options that can help even the most anxious patients.

Why Choose Meadowbrook Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Fast-Acting Nitrous Oxide Available
  • Oral Conscious Sedation for Moderate Anxiety
  • Powerful IV Sedation Provided

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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For those with mild levels of anxiety, nitrous oxide sedation is likely the best option to manage and reduce nervousness during dental appointments. To receive the gas-based sedative, patients wear a small nasal mask that is worn throughout treatment. As the gas is gently inhaled, patients experience a relaxing, yet euphoric sensation that makes anxiety melt away! After treatment is complete, the sedative can be removed as quickly as it appeared, ensuring patients can easily continue their day without interruption.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

a patient receiving nitrous oxide in Plainview, NY

Nitrous oxide sedation has many different applications and is most often used to assist patients who:

  • Suffer from mild to moderate dental-related anxiety
  • Don’t like the sights, smells, or sounds of the dental office
  • Have a strong gag reflex or dental sensitivity
  • Don’t respond well to typical anesthetics
  • Are afraid of needles (such as anesthetic injections)
  • Have trouble remaining seated for longer periods of time

It’s worth noting that patients who are pregnant, suffer from sinus congestion or respiratory disease, or are taking certain medications might not be suitable candidates for nitrous oxide. If you have concerns about an upcoming dental appointment and your eligibility for nitrous oxide, please let us know!

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

a patient receiving nitrous oxide in Plainview, NY

At the beginning of the appointment, a small mask will be placed on your nose that’s used to administer the gas. The gas itself is colorless and odorless and within a few minutes, you’ll begin to feel its calming effects—and though it’s called laughing gas, you won’t begin cackling maniacally! The gas is combined with oxygen and the ratio can be adjusted as needed to ensure that you’re able to fully relax during the appointment. Once you’re calm and comfortable, we can begin your treatment as planned!

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide

a patient after receiving nitrous oxide in Plainview, NY

When the appointment is over and we remove your mask, you’ll begin feeling normal within a few minutes without any lingering effects. This means that you’ll be able to immediately resume your day as planned, and you’ll even be able to drive yourself home! However, it’s worth noting that while nitrous oxide sedation fades away quickly, if you’ve received an anesthetic for any reason, those effects may last for a few hours after the appointment.

We’re happy to explain the details of receiving nitrous oxide sedation with you before you commit to the treatment, so feel free to give us a call for additional information.

Oral Conscious Sedation

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If you have moderate levels of anxiety that nitrous oxide cannot properly address, oral conscious sedation can provide a more powerful solution for your dental phobia or nervousness. This sedative is taken orally prior to your dental appointment, which means you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the office. Not only will you feel incredibly relaxed during your entire appointment, but you will likely forget most of the visit as well.

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

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With oral conscious sedation, all you have to do is take a pill shortly before your appointment or when you arrive in our office. The specific medications used can vary, but a few that are commonly used include Valium, Ativan, and Halcion.

Many patients opt for oral conscious sedation because it does not involve the use of any needles. Unlike nitrous oxide, it also does not require a face mask, making it ideal for patients who find it difficult to tolerate having something on their nose.

How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

Behind view of relaxed dental patient

The effects of the sedative should kick in within a few minutes of when you take the pill, and you may remain under its influence for several hours after your appointment. Therefore, you should have a trusted friend or family member available to drive you home.

While you are sedated, you can expect to feel totally relaxed and calm. You might drift off to sleep, but you will not actually be unconscious. Following your appointment, you are unlikely to remember anything that happened during your procedure.

Are You a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

Smiling patient relaxing in dental treatment chair

Contact us so you can schedule an appointment to talk to your sedation dentist about which sedation option is right for you. Generally speaking, oral conscious sedation is suitable for patients who:

  • Struggle with moderate anxiety or fear surrounding their dental appointments
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Must undergo multiple treatments at once
  • Have difficulty keeping their mouth open or sitting in the treatment chair for an extended length of time
  • Are not easily numbed by local anesthesia
  • Have had unpleasant or traumatic dental care experiences in the past


IV Sedation

IV sedation pack

Those with severe levels of anxiety, mental disabilities that make it difficult to keep still in the dental chair, or other concerns will find IV sedation, the most powerful sedation dentistry we offer, to be quite beneficial to their dental appointments. Administered intravenously directly into the bloodstream, IV sedation is carefully managed and monitored by our trained team throughout your treatment. Once removed, you will need to wait several hours for the effects to wear off as well as have someone drive you home from the office.