Sedation Dentistry

At Dental Care East Hanover, we use laughing gas for a wide variety of in-house services. Our goal is to ensure you are comfortable, calm, and relaxed through any dental treatment or dental procedure.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of any type of dental sedation to reduce stress, anxiety, and any physical pain associated with dental treatment. Sedation is a safe and convenient way to help you feel more relaxed while at the dentist while your treatment is being completed. We offer dental sedation through laughing gas, general anesthesia, oral sedation, and IV sedation. IV sedation is most commonly used at Dental Care East Hanover for surgical procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal or dental implants.

It’s important that you feel comfortable and safe during your procedure. Before any procedure, your doctor will recommend the appropriate level of sedation that meets your needs. Then, we will set up your appointment and plan accordingly for your procedure, knowing that you will be relaxed and calm during the dental appointment.


Dental Sedation Options

Nitrous (laughing gas) is an easy sedation technique involving nitrous oxide gas that is pumped into a patient’s nose to inhale. After receiving the nitrous for 5 minutes, many people feel a sense of calm and also experience a reduced feeling of many sensations, including pressure and pain. Laughing gas, as it’s also known, is a short-acting pain reliever and anxiolytic agent, meaning that it reduces pain and anxiety. It’s extremely safe and wears off approximately 5 minutes after the procedure ends. With this short-acting sedation option, you can drive to and from your appointment with no worries.

Oral Sedation is a deeper form of sedation that gives patients more of a ‘fuzzy’ memory of the appointment. The patient takes the medication anywhere between 12 hours and 1 hour before the appointment and then has a driver bring them to the office. By the appointment time, the medication will have taken effect, resulting in an appointment where the patient is very sleepy and feels no pain or sensations. This sedation method is slightly riskier and usually only available for generally healthy people who have a driver available to bring them to and from the appointment.

IV Sedation is the safest method of sedation because the medications can be tailored to each patient’s own levels extremely quickly. This method requires a driver to and from the appointment and is available for healthy individuals with no major health conditions. The patient will feel a little pinch in the arm and then the medications will create a full-sleep appointment with no memory of anything for the patient.

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.

  • Will I be unconscious during the procedure?

    No—you won’t actually be unconscious, but you’ll sleep through the procedure and will have little or no memory of it.

  • 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

Headshot of Dr. Jay Patel for Dental Care East Hanover in East Hanover, New Jersey.

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.

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Dental Care East Hanover

320 Rt 10
East Hanover, NJ 07936
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