General Anesthesia/Sedation

Dr. Shapiro is certified in administering office anesthesia. Our patients have the option of having procedures comfortably performed with I.V sedation and general anesthesia. For pediatrics we also offer oral sedation. 

I.V. Sedation with Local Anesthetic (“Twilight Sedation”):

IV sedation is when a drug, usually an anti-anxiety , is administered into the blood system during dental treatment. IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. Secondly, the drugs used for IV sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened. You may not always be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep”.

Oral Sedation:

Oral Sedation is when an anti-anxiety oral liquid is administered by the doctor for relieving anxiety before the oral surgery procedure. They have a calming and relaxing effect. You will not remember much or any of your dental treatment.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation with Local Anesthetic:

A mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen is administered through a nasal breathing apparatus. The patient remains conscious in a relaxed condition. Nitrous oxide has a sedative and analgesic (pain- controlling) effect.

Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern  prior to surgery or if you are currently taking any medication.

If you plan for sedation, please have nothing to eat or drink six hours prior to your surgery. You will also need an adult to drive you home.