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Sedation Dentistry

Pain-Free Dentistry: Embracing Sedation for a Stress-Free Experience

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.

Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

Many types of patients at our Queens, NY, practice can benefit from dental sedation. Those who may want to consider sedation include patients who have:

A Low Pain Threshold

Though most dental procedures create very little pain thanks to local anesthesia, sedatives can help put you at ease if you have a low tolerance for dental discomfort.

An Extensive Dental Treatment

Sedation can help patients comfortably get through lengthy dental work if extensive treatment is needed or multiple procedures are being performed in one sitting.

Dental Phobia or Anxiety

If you have an intense fear of dentistry or get nervous when you’re sitting in the exam chair, sedation can help calm your nerves before and during treatment.

A Sensitive Gag Reflex

Having dental tools in your mouth can be difficult and trigger your gag reflex. Sedation can make it easier to go through treatment by inducing a state of relaxation.

Difficulty Remaining Still

Sedation dentistry can help patients who find it difficult to remain still for long periods of time, such as patients with arthritis or Parkinson’s disease.

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Why Choose Us?

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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.

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Who Can Benefit From 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

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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

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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®, Wells Fargo, and LendingClub® are 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.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

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Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.
Jennifer Lee (JAMM)
May 6, 2022
Absolutely the best dentist/dental group I have ever been to. Little to no wait time, they fully explain your issues and possible treatment options, and every single person front and back have been incredibly fortunate. They are organized in the front and the dentists know their stuff. So thankful for her and the practice! I’ve had major work done, great work, no pain.
Frank Navas
March 4, 2022
Have been a long time patient. Dr Degel and staff are top notch and professional! He does AMAZING work the whole experience is very comfortable pain & stress free. They also will work with you on how to pay for services and help you improve your dental health which ultimately improves your overall health and well-being!! Thank Astoria Dental and Dr Degel & Staff!!
Jeff Fralick
March 1, 2022
Dr Degel and his staff did outstanding work for me. Very attentive and friendly. I would recommend Astoria Dental Group to anyone looking for quality dental work. I had my entire top replaced with new implants and I feel like a new person. 5 stars all around!

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