Sedation Dentistry

At Dental Care East Hanover, we understand that visiting the dentist can be anxiety-inducing for many. That's why we offer sedation dentistry to provide a stress-free, relaxing experience for our patients. Whether you need a simple cleaning or more extensive work, our sedation options are designed to keep you comfortable and calm.

Sedation Dentistry in East Hanover, NJ

Our sedation dentistry services in East Hanover, NJ, are tailored to make your dental visits as comfortable as possible. Here are a few reasons why our patients choose us for sedation dentistry:

  • Comfort and Relaxation: Sedation dentistry is perfect for patients who experience dental anxiety or have difficulty sitting through a procedure due to physical discomfort.
  • Efficiency: Multiple procedures might be done in fewer visits, thanks to sedation which makes long sessions more bearable.
  • Flexibility: We offer several sedation options, including IV sedation, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas), to meet the varied needs of our patients.
  • Safe and Controlled: Sedation is closely monitored by our skilled professionals, ensuring a safe and controlled environment.


Our Sedation Dentistry Services

We provide a variety of sedation methods to help ease anxiety during your dental treatments. Depending on your needs and level of comfort, we can recommend the best type of sedation for you:

IV Sedation Dentistry

IV sedation involves administering a sedative through a vein, allowing the medication to work quickly and the sedation level to be adjusted as needed. This method is ideal for more extensive dental procedures and for patients who want to be deeply relaxed.

Oral Sedation Dentistry

Oral sedation involves taking a prescribed pill before your appointment. This method is simpler than IV sedation but highly effective for managing anxiety with minimal side effects. Patients typically remain awake but in a relaxed state.

Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a mild sedative that is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose. It helps to ease anxiety and reduce discomfort during procedures. The effects wear off quickly once the mask is removed, allowing you to drive yourself home after the procedure.

Prepare For Your Procedure

It’s important that you follow our instructions when preparing for your appointment where IV sedation will be in use.

  • Make sure you are healthy. If any symptoms of a head or chest cold are present before your appointment, we may want to reschedule your procedure.
  • 8 hour fast. No eating anything 8 hours prior to the appointment. You may drink water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee (no cream or sugar) up to 3 hours before the appointment. All other liquids/solids MUST be stopped 8 hours prior.
  • Dress comfortably. No tight clothes or long-sleeved tops as access to the arm is needed for the blood pressure cuff.
  • NO fingernail polish. Remove all forms of fingernail polish so it does not interfere with the equipment.
  • Must have a designated driver. Someone will need to drive you to your appointment and drive you home. This person MUST remain in the office or vehicle during the procedure and we ask they do not run any errands during this time. This person is your responsible party.
    • If you are under the age of 19, this must be your parent or guardian.
  • Designate a caretaker. We ask that someone remain with you for at least 4 hours following the procedure.
  • For 24 hours, no driving, operating machinery (including lawnmowers, tractors, etc…), or power tools.

Dr. Ali speaking with a patient.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

  • Is dental sedation safe?

    Yes! Sedation is a very safe option for those with dental anxiety. After a discussion with Dr. Patel—we will find the best route for you that is safe, but also allows you the peace of mind that you will not experience any anxiety or fear around the dental procedure.

  • What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

    Anxiety Management: Perfect for patients who feel anxious or nervous about dental work.
    Pain Relief: Helps to numb sensations and increase comfort during procedures.
    Memory Loss: Some forms of sedation (like IV sedation) can induce partial or full memory loss for the duration of the procedure, which can be a relief to those who prefer not to remember the details.
    Controlled Gag Reflex: Helps patients with a sensitive gag reflex undergo dental procedures more comfortably.

  • Will I be awake? What will I hear?

    For laughing gas sedation, or nitrous, you will hear everything, but most of the time you just won’t care because of the laughing gas. This sedation has a very quick onset and quick ending.

    Under IV sedation, you will not hear any of the noises that occur. This is the highest level of sedation and you will leave with little or no memory of the procedure.

  • Do I need a driver?

    For IV sedation you will need a driver before and after the procedure, as well as someone to help bring you home and stay with you for a couple of hours after the procedure. The medications that are used in IV sedation make it dangerous for you to be driving afterward.

Meet Our Sedation Specialist

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Dr. Jay Patel

As a board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Patel works with dentists in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and is concentrated on delivering top-quality and safe sedation services. He works with the pediatric population, special needs population, and severe dental phobics, where his skill set has proven invaluable.

Get Started with Sedation Dentistry

If you’re looking for sedation dentistry, look no further than Dental Care East Hanover. Our caring team is ready to make your dental care experiences as comfortable as possible with tailored sedation options. Contact us today to discuss your needs and schedule an appointment. Experience stress-free dental care here in East Hanover, NJ!

Dental Care East Hanover

320 Rt 10
East Hanover, NJ 07936
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Tuesday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm



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