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Dental Anxiety is a big deal and should be addressed for patients of all ages. Younger patients who fear the dentist and don’t feel comfortable during visits are likely to develop a lifelong phobia of dental treatment. This will only lead to their avoidance of the dentist, which can result in major dental issues later in life. Let us help every member of your family experience relaxed dental care.

Feel Relaxed During Any Treatment With Our Dental Sedation Treatments



Oral Conscious Sedation

This type of sedation is taken in pill form and completely relaxes you. You’ll be drowsy but still conscious and able to communicate with Dr. Thrasher. No pain, no stress. Oral conscious sedation is ideal for a variety of services, including cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry.


Since you’ll be awake during your procedure, you can ask questions regarding your treatment and mention concerns that are important to you.


Inhaled Sedation

Also referred to by Dr. James as “relaxing air,” inhaled sedation quickly takes the edge off any procedure. You’ll be awake but comfortable. This method is completely safe for children and can help them feel fully relaxed if they’re afraid to receive treatment.


IV Sedation


Dr. Leon James DDS is very excited to offer intravenous (IV) sedation to help our New Yorkers enjoy a more positive dental experience. IV sedation can help patients who experience anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist. This treatment that Dr. James employs anti-anxiety medication that's delivered directly into your vein to help keep you calm and relaxed during your dental procedure. Even though you're not actually asleep throughout the treatment, the relaxation and short-term memory loss can make you feel as though you have been asleep. Dr. Leon D. James can also adjust the amount of medication based on what you need and to ensure your safety. To learn more about IV sedation, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.



The best candidates for intravenous sedation tend to be those who experience significant anxiety about undergoing comprehensive dental treatment. This sedation dentistry treatment helps you receive the dental care you need without distress or fear. Prior to undergoing therapy, Dr. James will talk with you about the various sedation options our practice provides.



For intravenous sedation, we'll place a needle in your vein and administer the medication. You should start to feel the effects within a few seconds. Dr. James will then carry out your treatment while monitoring the IV levels at the same time. When the procedure is done, we'll remove the IV, and you should feel alert within a couple of minutes.



The dental industry has advanced leaps and bounds in a short period of time. However, fear of dental procedures still stops many patients from scheduling appointments for regular dental cleanings and exams. For this reason, board-certified dentist Dr. Leon D James offers oral-conscious sedation to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during their treatments. He can prescribe anti-anxiety medications to be taken before your dental appointment, allowing you to be in a relaxed state of mind when you arrive while being conscious enough to follow instructions. 



Overall, oral-conscious sedation can help children and adults alike who have fears and anxiety about the dentist's office. Prior to being prescribed a medication for oral-conscious sedation, Dr. James will need to complete a thorough evaluation of your health to decide whether or not you're a good candidate. He will review your medical history, current medications, and other factors to ensure that it's safe for you to take sedation medication and to determine which type will be best for you. Oral sedation might not be ideal if you have respiratory or heart complications, are pregnant or have had an allergic reaction to benzodiazepines in the past.



There are several types of sedation medications that may be used. The medication chosen by Dr. James will be influenced by you, your specific fears, your physical health, the procedure to be performed, and the approximate length of that procedure. Your medication will be prescribed during your consultation so you can have it filled before your procedure. Since you'll be taking the medication before you arrive, you should arrange for a reliable adult to drive you to our office and take you home after. With light oral-conscious sedation, you'll feel at ease but still be conscious and aware. With more significant sedation, you'll also be conscious, but your recollection will be a little fuzzy. You may fall into a light sleep during your procedure, but you should wake up easily.



Oral conscious sedation is a useful tool when it comes to creating a pleasant experience for people who experience significant anxiety before seeing the dentist. If your fears are so great that you have trouble even coming in for a routine cleaning and check-up, reach out to our office in New York. As a Board-certified dentist, Dr. Leon D James DDS has the knowledge and expertise to select the sleep dentistry method that is appropriate for your unique situation.

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