Relieving Dental Anxiety Get Stress-Free Dental Care
  • Choose from multiple forms of dental sedation
  • Relax in the comfort of a spa-like atmosphere
  • Same-day care is usually available for emergencies

Relieving Dental Anxiety in Middlesex, NJ

Our team devotes a great deal of effort to relieving dental anxiety in Middlesex. If you feel nervous at the dentist, you’ll be tempted to skip routine appointments – which can lead to serious dental problems. When our patients tell us “that didn’t hurt a bit,” we consider it a great compliment!

We keep our office anxiety-free with:

  • Many comfort amenities like warmed neck pillows and chenille blankets
  • Paraffin treatments for a spa-like experience
  • Longer appointment times, if you need them
  • A full range of dental sedation, including general anesthesia
  • Topical numbing gel for painless injections
  • TVs in every operatory for an entertaining diversion

We’re dedicated to your well-being and offering the best care possible, not just while you’re in the office but also when you leave. One of our doctors is even available for emergency calls after-hours. To visit a practice committed to offering anxiety-free care, call 732-506-2876.

Select From Many Dental Sedation Options

Everyone reacts differently to dental procedures. To ensure you’ll remain relaxed, no matter how you feel about a procedure, we offer a full range of sedation. Unlike most dental practices, this includes general anesthesia administered by our in-house oral surgeon, Dr. Do Yoon Kim.

We’ll discuss your anxiety level, the procedure you’ll be undergoing, and your medical history to determine the appropriate level of sedation for you. Options include:

  • Light Sedation – Light sedation is for mild anxiety during simple visits like a dental cleaning or filling. Light sedation includes any combination of a sedative taken the night before, a sedative one hour prior to the appointment, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during the appointment. The advantage of this option is that there is minimal cost and usually no medical clearance necessary. Plus, patients can drive to and from their appointment, and there is no downtime.
  • Conscious Sedation – For a higher level of anxiety or longer appointments, we offer conscious or “twilight” sedation. Dr. Reilly is certified by the state of New Jersey to deliver conscious sedation. This can be delivered via a pill or intravenously. It is extremely safe. The patient will be groggy but responsive. For example, if the doctor asks you to turn your head, you will be able to do so. Most patients don’t remember the visit and have no sense of the length of time.  A medical clearance and pre-op vital sign check are required, and there is a charge for the service. We monitor the oxygen saturation, BP, pulse, and EKG when administering IV conscious sedation.
  • General Anesthesia – For longer appointments, patients with a sensitive gag reflex, and patients with medical conditions, we provide general anesthesia administered by our in-house oral surgeon, Dr. Do Yoon Kim.

With the conscious sedation or general anesthesia options, you will need to arrange a ride home from your appointment. You may feel groggy for several hours.

Relieving dental anxiety in Middlesex is important to our team! Call 732-506-2876 to see how relaxed you can be while receiving dental care. You can also make an appointment online.

Common Questions About Relieving Dental Anxiety

How common is dental anxiety?

Just about everyone feels at least occasional dental anxiety. For some people, it happens enough that they avoid receiving regular dental care. We never want this to negatively affect your oral health. We encourage you to share your anxious feelings with us, including any contributing factors. Then we can create strategies to help you overcome them.

What can you do to help relieve my dental anxiety?

We create an environment that makes it easy to relax, including amenities like neck pillows, cozy blankets, and TVs in every care room to take your mind off your treatment. We also use a numbing gel that takes the sting out of receiving local anesthesia. In addition, you have your choice of several kinds of soothing dental sedation.

Which sedation is best to ease my anxiety?

We offer several forms of sedation to ensure you’ll be able to receive the right kind for the treatment you’re receiving and the level of anxiety you’re feeling. Fast-acting laughing gas creates a lightly relaxed state, or you can choose oral sedation, IV sedation, or general anesthesia (a combination of oral and IV sedation). Our dentists will help you determine which one best fits your needs.

Why is relieving dental anxiety important?

Fear of the dentist can be so severe that a patient will not come into the office for decades at a time. Because oral health affects overall health, this person is likely suffering not only in their mouth but also in other areas of their body. It’s important that we find a solution for the fear so that every patient can remain healthy.

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