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Sedation dentistry Ridgefield 

A young woman shows her confident smile. Many people are made uncomfortable by the mere idea of sitting through a dental procedure, while others experience severe anxiety or even fear. There are even those that avoid going to the dentist even when they have severe tooth pain or other serious oral health issues. It is with such people in mind that we provide sedation dentistry at our Ridgefield practice.

We want to make sure that people who have dental phobias get the dental treatment they need without having to deal with the anxiety. If you are one of the millions of Americans who experience anxiety about undergoing dental work, Dr. Joseph J. Portale and his team are dedicated to providing you with the most pleasant, stress-free dental experience possible through safe, effective sedation dentistry.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Patient care is at the top of the list of priorities for Dr. Portale and his team, so putting patients at ease is very important. Oral conscious sedation is one option that allows patients to be comfortable while in the dentist’s chair. All you have to do is take a prescribed pill an hour before your appointment, and during your procedure your awareness of the common dental sounds and sensations will be greatly reduced so that you’ll be at ease during the procedure. When the procedure is through, you will have little to no recollection of it, as if you fast-forwarded through the procedure. Since we are committed to your safety, we advise you to have a friend or family member drive you home after the procedure, as you still may feel groggy when the procedure comes to an end.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

This is another sedation dentistry option that we provide here at our Ridgefield practice, and it is an effective means of controlling many cases of mild to moderate anxiety. In using nitrous oxide sedation, you’ll be conscious and able to breathe on your own, but you’ll be in a state of euphoria that will diminish your anxiety and fear very quickly.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Dr. Portale has more than exceptional qualifications and is certified for intravenous (IV) sedation. This sedative medication is carefully administered through the veins, and the comforting effects will take place almost immediately. The small catheter will be inserted on the top of your hand or in your inner elbow. This is one of the most popular choices among patients who opt for sedation because of its rapid effects. If you have a fear of needles and still prefer this method of sedation, we are more than willing to make you more at ease by applying a topical anesthetic to the area.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a unique form of dental sedation, as your anesthetized brain will not respond to pain signals or any surgical stimuli. Dr. Portale's Board Certified Anesthesiologist will make sure that you are a suitable candidate for general anesthesia, and your body’s vital functions will be monitored during and after your surgery as your safety is our top priority. .

Dental Phobia

Millions of people out there have a fear of going to the dentist. For some, the sound of the drill and the sharp instruments on display are enough to prevent them from undergoing dental work, while others had actual bad experiences that shaped how they felt about dentistry. At Portale Dental, we will take your dental phobia into consideration and help you learn to cope with your fear so that you can receive the dental work you need. Sedation dentistry is an umbrella answer for many common fears that people have about the dentist, and we’ll be more than happy to put you at ease about the whole experience.

Learn More about Sedation Dentistry

Our staff at Portale Dental is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about sedation dentistry. For further information about sedation dentistry at our Ridgefield dental practice, please feel free to contact us.

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555 Bergen Blvd
Ridgefield, NJ 07657

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