Sedation : Anxiety Free & Painless Dentistry

Dr. Edalat’s reputation in New York City as one of the first dental practices to practice comprehensive conscious sedation procedures is another main differentiating service to help comfort and ease the patients anxieties and fears about dentistry. The teams 40 plus years experience and their word-of-mouth referrals are testament to the painless procedures we offer by using conscious sedation. Many patients have fears related to dental treatment for many different reasons and offering conscious sedation as well as complete anesthesia offers peace of mind and anxiety-free dentistry for these patients.
Dr. Edalat’s philosophy is that by helping their patients overcome their fears they cope better with the overwhelming feelings often associated with dental procedures and allow them to not only restore their oral health and optimal smile but transform their lives.

If you suffer from:

  • Fear, stress and anxiety about going to the dentist
  • Fear of needles
  • Dental Phobia
  • A history of bad dental experiences
  • You are troubled with a bad gag reflex
  • Complex dental treatment requiring long appointments

Consider making an appointment with us today to take advantage of the painless dentistry we offer.

Dr. Edalat’s team practices the two main sedation procedures known as Nitrous Oxide sedation and Oral conscious sedation which are explained in more detail below:


Conscious Sedation

Nitrous oxide relaxes you

Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a colorless gas that is often used for its calming effect.

After reviewing your health history, we determine if nitrous oxide is right for you. Nitrous oxide is safe, effective and helps you feel more relaxed during your dental appointment.

A typical visit with nitrous oxide

To use nitrous oxide, we place a small mask over your nose, and you simply breathe in normally. It takes just a few minutes for you to notice the effects. People most often describe the feeling as being relaxed, unconcerned, happy, slightly numb, and disconnected from what is happening around them.

Since nitrous oxide does not numb the teeth, we may also recommend anesthetic for some dental procedures.

Controlling the effects

During the procedure, let us know if you want us to adjust the dosage of the nitrous oxide gas to fit your needs. You can also control the dosage by your breathing. The more deeply you breathe through your nose, the more you feel nitrous oxide’s effect.

After a dental appointment with nitrous oxide, it is safe for you to drive because there are no long-lasting effects.


Oral Conscious Sedation

Your vital signs are constantly monitored

Oral conscious sedation is a method that helps certain patients cope more comfortably with dental appointments.

The benefits of oral conscious sedation

Oral conscious sedation is useful in certain situations, such as for patients who:

  • Are anxious about dental appointments
  • Have difficulty being numbed with local anesthesia
  • Have a severe gag response
  • Suffer from very sensitive teeth
  • Want to have a lot of dental work done during a single, longer appointment
Reviewing your medical history

To plan the best treatment for you, we first need to know about your current medical conditions and medications. We also want to know about any allergic reactions you have had to any medication.

A typical visit with oral conscious sedation

Here is how a typical appointment with oral conscious sedation usually goes. About an hour before your appointment begins, you take an oral medication. Because the medication will make you groggy, you need a friend or relative to bring you to the office.

Once you are seated in the chair, we assess how deeply you are sedated and adjust your medication if necessary. For most procedures, it will also be necessary to numb your mouth, but the oral medication you have taken will make this comfortable.

During the procedure, we constantly monitor your pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen levels to ensure your safety. You will not feel any pain or be aware of time passing during the procedure. You will feel very comfortable and relaxed and may even sleep. However, you will respond easily to touch and our requests.

After the procedure, your friend or relative will take you home, where you relax for the rest of the day. For many, oral conscious sedation is a good choice for anxiety-free dentistry.


IV Sedation Procedure

We carefully monitor you

Is IV sedation for you?

If you put off needed dental treatment because you are afraid of the procedures, then IV sedation might be right for you. Intravenous sedation can help if you get extremely nervous at the dentist’s office, want to have several procedures in a single visit, don’t want to remember the dental procedures, or have a difficult time getting numb.

Prior to sedation

Before we use IV sedation, we’ll discuss all of your sedation options with you. We’ll take a medical history and ask if you are allergic to any medications.

On the day of your appointment, you must bring a responsible adult who will stay with you for the entire day. We’ll take your blood pressure before we begin. Our staff is highly trained and will monitor you throughout the procedure. A simple device clipped onto your finger will give us a constant read-out of your pulse and oxygen levels.

If you’re nervous about getting the intravenous sedative, we may offer you nitrous oxide first to help you relax. When the sedative begins, you will go into a deep state of relaxation almost immediately. You will be unaware of the procedure, but you will still be able to respond to conversation. We will begin the procedure when we are sure the area is numb.

The procedure

During the procedure, time will pass very quickly for you, and you won’t be distracted by the sights, sounds or aromas of the dental office. When we’re done and we remove the sedation, you’ll awaken with no memory of the procedure. We’ll take your blood pressure one more time. In about half an hour, you’ll be alert enough to go home. However, a responsible adult must drive you and stay with you for the rest of the day.

Once you leave our office, don’t operate a motor vehicle, don’t do any strenuous activity, plan to relax for the rest of the day; when you’re hungry, only eat a light meal, don’t drink alcohol, and only take medications as directed by your dentist.

IV sedation is a safe procedure that can help you get the dental care you need and recouperate your good oral health.


My husband and I both needed extensive dental work…and so, we actually flew to New York to see Dr. Edalat, after meeting one of his students who had raved about Dr. Edalat and his office. Both my husband and I feel and look so much better after our treatment. We wouldn’t dream of seeing any other dentist ever again!”

Louise C. – Kent, England