Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Jennifer Jablow, DDS

Restorative Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown East, New York, NY

If you experience dental anxiety or have a sensitive gag reflex, sedation dentistry can help you relax during treatment. At her practice in Midtown East, Manhattan, restorative cosmetic dentist Jennifer Jablow, DDS, offers several types of sedation dentistry to make oral health care as comfortable as possible. To make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Jennifer Jablow in New York City, call the office or click the online booking feature today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medications, like nitrous oxide, Halcion®, or intravenous anesthesia to help you relax during oral health care. It provides a safe and effective way for people with dental anxiety to receive the treatment they need, without experiencing feelings of stress or fear. 

If you’ve put off visiting the dentist due to a dental phobia, sedation dentistry can help. Book an appointment with Dr. Jablow today.

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

Dr. Jablow typically recommends sedation for people who have a dental phobia, but you might also benefit if you:

  • Find it difficult to sit still
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Need extensive dental work
  • Have a low pain tolerance

Dr. Jablow also administers sedation dentistry to children. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly and can help your little one feel more comfortable with the experience.  

What are the types of sedation dentistry?

Dr. Jablow offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:

Nitrous oxide

You inhale nitrous oxide through a mask. It causes you to relax and feel happy. During treatment, Dr. Jablow can adjust the amount of nitrous oxide, ensuring your comfort.  

Oral sedation

Oral sedation involves taking a prescription medication, like Halcion, about an hour before your appointment. When you arrive at Dr. Jablow’s practice, the medication starts taking effect, making you drowsy. During treatment, you might doze off, but Dr. Jablow can wake you if necessary. 

Intravenous (IV) sedation

If you need extensive dental work, Dr. Jablow might recommend IV sedation. To do that, Dr. Jablow teams with a licensed anesthesiologist. They adjust the amount of medication you receive throughout treatment, ensuring a comfortable and pain-free procedure.

Can I drive home after sedation dentistry?

It depends. If you receive nitrous oxide, then it’s okay to drive home after your appointment, because the gas wears off quickly. If you elect to undergo oral sedation or IV sedation, make sure to have a friend or family member available to drive you home. 

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is safe and usually well-tolerated. That said, any type of anesthesia presents risks, especially if you have an underlying medical condition, like heart disease or obstructive sleep apnea. Before undergoing sedation dentistry, let Dr. Jablow know about any illnesses you’re living with.  

To explore the benefits of sedation dentistry, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Jennifer Jablow by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.