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Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety or the fear of lengthy dentistry procedures can make patients delay necessary care.

Ridgewood Dental Associates in Ridgewood, NJ, offers sedation dentistry to patients who need help overcoming dental anxiety.

Find out how our dentists and dentist anesthesiologist keeps patients safe, calm, and comfortable throughout their appointments. 

Don't Put Off Dental Treatment Sedation Can Keep You Comfortable

Our Ridgewood dentists understand that many patients put off dental treatment due to phobias and poor experiences in the past. We can use sedation dentistry to keep patients relaxed throughout their treatments and allow our dentists to provide you with optimal care. We offer sedation dentistry to patients who:

  • Have sensitive gums or teeth
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Require extensive dental work
  • Have moderate-to-severe dental anxiety
  • Do not respond well to local anesthesia
  • Have trouble sitting still for long periods
  • Want additional comfort as they undergo treatment
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The Dangers of Avoiding the Dentist

Skipping your biannual professional cleanings and exams increases your risk of developing infections and decay. When left untreated, these conditions can cause teeth to loosen or fall out entirely. As a result, bite patterns can change, which can lead to other concerns such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). In addition, discomfort from extensive decay and a misaligned bite can be considerable. Our dentists can make your visits more enjoyable.

Receive Dental Care In Total Comfort Ask Our Ridgewood, NJ, Staff About Sedation Dentistry

Whether you're receiving a dental cleaning or undergoing implant placement surgery for multiple teeth, our dentists want your time with us to be relaxing. Our entire dentistry team is dedicated to providing a calm and comfortable experience for all our patients so they feel encouraged to receive the dental care they need. From a soothing atmosphere to a range of sedation options, we have what you need to feel confident about your dental care.

If you're ready to take charge of your oral health and think you could benefit from sedation dentistry, we invite you to reach out to us using our electronic form or call our Ridgewood, NJ, office at:

(201) 652-2474

Our dentists
"I have had a lifelong fear of the dentist and really neglected to have yearly checkups. That coupled with just inheriting bad teeth bought me to where I am now... After extensive research on local dentists specializing in Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry, I found RDA. I am about halfway through my treatment, but from the minute I first walked into the office, I knew I made the right decision... I still have more work to be done, but in the meantime I Iook forward to all my appointments and am not afraid at all. I cannot wait for my new smile." Nicole Vazquez

We Prioritize Patient Comfort

In-Office Anesthesiologist

Our Ridgewood, NJ, office has a dentist anesthesiologist who has received advanced training in administering different types of sedation dentistry, so you can rest assured you'll be in good hands. Dr. Jonathan Mendia is a Diplomate of the National Board of Dental Anesthesiology and a Fellow of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology. He can keep you safe and relaxed throughout any procedure.

Comfortable Environment

Not only do we go out of our way to make patients comfortable during treatment, but we have also designed our office to feel more like home than a medical facility. Patients can relax in the comfort of our luxurious office and rest assured that they will be treated like esteemed guests.

The Latest Technology

With the latest technology in the field of dentistry, our dentists can perform fast, effective, and comfortable treatments. We always stay abreast of the latest advancements in the field so we can continue to keep our patients satisfied with their care.

Patient Education

Our dentists believe that patient education is the cornerstone of maintaining good oral health. Our dentists make sure to go through every possible solution for each patient's concerns so they can make informed decisions regarding their dental care. We even have a designated education center so you can always feel confident about your treatment plan.

Your Sedation Dentistry Options

Our team at Ridgewood Dental Associates is dedicated to delivering outstanding patient experiences and ensuring that you feel at ease throughout treatment. We offer four types of sedation at our practice:
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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, often known as laughing gas, is administered through a mask that you wear over your nose. Patients can still speak, answer questions, and follow instructions while under the effects of laughing gas. Nitrous oxide provides continuous medication throughout treatment but wears off relatively quickly, so patients can drive themselves home after treatment.

Man taking pill

Oral Conscious Sedation

With oral conscious sedation, you are prescribed an oral sedative, usually in pill form, to take before your appointment. This form of sedation will put you in a deep state of relaxation and you may even fall asleep during your procedure. Because this form of sedation may make you groggy for a few hours, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

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IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation puts patients in a deep state of relaxation within minutes. While under IV sedation, patients can respond to questions from their dentist, although they will have little to no memory of their dental visit. Unlike oral conscious sedation, IV sedation can be adjusted throughout treatment to maintain a consistent level of relaxation. This type of sedation takes longer to wear off, so you should arrange for someone to drive you home after treatment.

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General Anesthesia

General anesthesia puts you in an unconscious state, so you don't feel any pain or sensations during your dentistry procedure. This form of sedation is typically only used for more complex or invasive procedures. Patients undergoing general anesthesia should have someone drive them home after the procedure and prepare to rest for the remainder of the day.

"I had numerous cavities when I first came to see Dr. Samani after neglecting to go to the dentist for over 10 years. Never once did he make me feel embarrassed or nervous about the amount of work I would need to have done. He’s extremely kind, professional, and knowledgeable and immediately makes you feel like your in good hands. After every visit I would leave thinking to myself “wow, that was so easy”... As someone who went years being non compliant because of fear or pain and overall “dental anxiety” I now attend my visits like clockwork." Jennifer Balzano
Drs. Jin Ha Joung, Mark Samani, and Min-Hee Cho.

Ridgewood Dental Associates

At Ridgewood Dental Associates in Bergen County, we pride ourselves on being able to handle virtually all of your needs in a single location. Dr. Jin Ha Joung, Dr. Mark Samani, and Dr. Min-Hee Cho are affiliated with:

  • American College of Prosthodontists
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • American Dental Association

For more information about our services, contact our office or call (201) 652-2474 today.

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