While brushing and flossing your teeth at home every day are essential elements in maintaining your oral health, they are only part of a larger equation. Along with brushing and flossing, regular dental visits are just as important. Moreover, should something happen to your mouth, whether it’s gum disease, or an injury, seeking dental treatment is crucial. However, for many patients, going to the dentist, even for something as simple as a cleaning and exam, can induce paralyzing anxiety. At National Dental East Meadow, we offer oral and IV sedation to help you remain relaxed and calm while you get the oral care treatment you need.


Having anxiety, or even fear, over going to the dentist is not an uncommon problem. Many times, these feelings are a result of having a bad dental experience in the past. They may also be out of fear of the unknown (having no control over what’s happening). Whatever the reasons for your anxiety, when it keeps you from getting necessary dental treatment, it can be detrimental to your oral health. Sedation helps to calm your nerves and ease your fears while you undergo your dental procedure, whether it’s a simple cleaning and exam, or surgery.

Other reasons you may choose dental sedation:

  • You have trouble sitting still.
  • Your pain threshold is low.
  • You have extremely sensitive teeth.
  • Your gag reflex is exceptionally bad.
  • You need a substantial amount of work done, or your procedure will take a while.


Oral sedation is a moderate, or “conscious,” sedation. This type of sedation involves the use of medication (lorazepam, diazepam, alprazolam) that you take by mouth. The medication is designed to make you feel drowsy and completely relaxed.

If you opt for oral sedation, we will provide you with a prescription before your procedure. The medication should be taken approximately an hour before your scheduled appointment. It takes, on average, about 30 minutes for the medication to work, although the exact time varies based on several factors. For this reason, you should have someone drive you to your appointment. You will also need someone to drive you home following your procedure because it can take a while for the sedation effects to wear off fully.


Sedation offers several benefits:

  • Sedation is a safe way to help you relax.
  • You can get the dental work done that you need.
  • You will see an improvement in your oral health.

If fear or anxiety has kept you from getting the oral care you need, contact National Dental East Meadow today at (516) 962-2292 to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you.