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Sedation Dentistry

Would you rather stay at home with a terrible toothache than brave a visit to the dentist?

If dental phobia is causing you to put off necessary dental procedures, consider how sedation dentistry can help.

At Astoria Dental Group in Queens, NY, Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel can provide stress-free treatment for nervous patients.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a means of helping anxious patients relax in the dentist's chair using certain medications. This dentistry solution is often used during dental procedures such as wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant placement, root canal therapy, or other complex treatments and surgeries. Patients who have difficulty controlling their movements due to conditions such as Parkinson's or cerebral palsy may also benefit from sedation dentistry. It is important to understand that although sedation dentistry is often referred to as sleep dentistry, you will remain conscious during treatment. Sedation dentistry and medications only help induce a state of relaxation, and will not put you to sleep.
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Afraid of the Dentist?  You're Not Alone

Approximately 15% of adults avoid regular dental care due to their dental anxiety. 

Video: No More Anxiety

Dr. Degel's gentle manner helped Marie get over her fear of the dentist. As a result, she can handle any major dental work that might need to be done because of her confidence in Dr. Degel.

Just One of Our Many 5-Star Reviews

"I've visited both Dr Every and Dr Degel and have had great experiences with both, with extensive work being done- extraction, implants, bridge, veneers, Invisalign, crowns, root canals and the basic cavities. The assistants are very helpful, staff is competent and friendly, the dental hygienist does a great job and I've never had to wait." Michelle Linnen, 2017

Schedule a Consultation With Us Today

At Astoria Dental Group, serving Queens, Long Island, and all of NYC, our dentists are committed to putting the patient's needs first. We're proud to provide optimal dental care and help anxious patients relax by comfortably administering sedation for routine and advanced dental treatments.

Ready to learn more? To schedule an initial consultation with one of our dentists, contact us online or call us at:

(718) 278-1123

Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry? 

Our dentistry practice is committed to providing optimal dental care for all patients living in Astoria and throughout Queens, Long Island, and all of New York City. One of our dentists will review your medical history before you receive any type of sedation to determine if it is an appropriate and safe option for you. To avoid any possible complications, be sure to disclose potential issues to your dentist before your procedure. 

Sedation dentistry may be helpful if you have:

  • Dental phobia 
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Panic attacks over dental procedures
  • Complex dental health issues
  • Difficulty controlling your movements

Conditions that may affect your candidacy include:

  • Having asthma or other respiratory issues
  • Certain conditions like sleep apnea or heart disease 
  • A history of substance abuse 
  • Certain medications you are currently taking 
  • If you are pregnant
  • Being allergic to certain medications, such as benzodiazepines 

Our Options for Sedation

We provide oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation. After reviewing your medical history, your dentist will determine if you are an appropriate candidate for sedation. Your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of each sedation technique, so you and your dentist can determine the best option for your needs and ensure that you feel confident about your decision.

Oral Sedation 

Oral sedation is administered in pill form. Depending on the medication and dosage, oral sedation can have minimal or moderate effects. Your dentist will typically direct you to take the pill about an hour before the procedure. Oral sedation will make you feel drowsy and relaxed but allow you to remain responsive throughout the entire treatment. The effects of oral conscious sedation can last for a few hours, which means if you choose this option you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

IV Sedation 

IV sedation is often recommended to patients who have severe anxiety or sensitivity. Our dentists partner with a board-certified anesthesiologist, who will administer treatment to ensure your IV sedative is provided safely and effectively. IV sedation is administered directly into your bloodstream via a needle inserted into a vein in the back of your hand or in your arm. You should begin to feel the effects of the sedative within seconds. Fasting and other preparation may be suggested by your dentist before your procedure. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment, and you may feel drowsy for several hours afterward. 

Cost of Sedation Dentistry 

We believe everyone should have access to solutions that allow them to get the treatment they need. During your initial consultation, one of our dentists will be able to provide you with an estimate of how sedation will factor into the cost of your treatment plan. Sedation dentistry is not always covered by insurance. To help make sedation affordable to those who need it, we’re proud to offer financing plans to help cover the cost of sedation. CareCredit®, Proceed Financing® and Alphaeon are some of the third-party financing options we offer to make the cost of treatment more manageable. These financing options allow you to pay off the cost of your treatment in convenient monthly installments. 

"Changed my life."




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My first appointment with them today and I was more then happy! I've finally found my new dentist! Professional and caring from the Staff to the dentist herself! I highly recommend! The receptionists were awesome! ❤️

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What can I say ! The staff were amazing and very professional and doctor Degel was did an outstanding job on my implants and everything else , I have a slight fear of dentist but the doctor kept me at ease and did an amazing job with little or no pain . The implants have changed my life

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Doctors Carmen Every-Degel and Clifford Degel

Astoria Dental Group

Our doctors are widely recognized for their contributions to the field of dentistry. They are members of various prestigious organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry 
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists 
  • American Dental Association

If you are ready to transform your smile with Astoria Dental Group, request a consultation online or call us in Queens at (718) 278-1123.

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