Dental visits, whether they are routine or to address an oral health issue, are important. These visits help to prevent serious issues or treat issues before they become more severe. However, for many patients, even a routine dental visit is enough to spur on anxiety or fear, which keeps them from getting the care they need. At National Dental Hicksville, we can help to ease your anxieties with oral sedation.


Fear and worry over a dental visit is a rather common problem. For some patients, however, this fear and anxiety is paralyzing. Even pain in the teeth or jaw can keep you from scheduling an appointment. Avoiding dental treatment, even just routine cleanings and exams can have serious implications for your oral health. If minor issues go unnoticed, they can quickly develop into something more severe, which then requires more invasive treatment measures.

Sedation dentistry provides you with a way to relax and remain comfortable throughout your dental procedures. It can also be useful for other purposes as well:

  • You have a bad gag reflex.
  • You have trouble sitting still for any length of time.
  • You have a low pain tolerance, or your teeth are extremely sensitive.
  • You need a significant amount of work done, or your procedures will take several hours.

Oral sedation involves the use of medication you take by mouth. Common oral sedatives include lorazepam and diazepam. The medications are a moderate, or conscious, sedation. The idea is to make you comfortable and relaxed while you remain awake. However, it is not uncommon in this state to experience temporary amnesia, where you don’t remember parts (or any) of the procedure.

You take the medication approximately one hour before you come in for your appointment. On average, it takes about 30 minutes for the medication to start working, but these results vary from patient to patient. It is important that you have someone drive you to the office. It is also important that you have someone drive you home, as the effects of oral sedation can linger for several hours.

What are the Benefits?

There are several benefits to sedation dentistry:

  • You can relax to get your procedures done.
  • You will see an improvement in your oral health.

If you experience fear or anxiety when you even think about going to the dentist, sedation dentistry may be able to help. Contact National Dental Hicksville today at (516) 629-5086 to learn more.