Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist

Sedation Dentistry

Do you avoid the dentist due to anxiety? You’re not alone. An estimated 10 to 20% of adults have severe dental anxiety. Around 15% of adults avoid dental care due to this phobia.

If you’re one of the many who suffers from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the solution. It will help you stay relaxed while receiving the dental attention you need.

Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist in Staten Island, NY, can help you feel comfortable in the dentist's chair...

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Relief of Anxiety

The most common reason that patients opt for sedation dentistry is to overcome dental phobia. If you dislike needles, dental drills, the feeling of scraping on your teeth, or any other part of a dental visit, you may benefit from sedation dentistry.

Help Sitting Still

Patients need to stay relatively still while undergoing dental care. Some patients have trouble doing so. This may be due to restless leg syndrome, ADHD, ALS, or a number of other conditions. Sedation can help your dentist provide efficient treatment.


If you are prone to pain or discomfort while sitting or lying down for a long time, dental sedation can make you more comfortable. Arthritic patients often benefit from taking advantage of this option at our Staten Island, NY, dentistry practice.

Dealing with a Strong Gag Reflex

Some patients have a stronger gag reflex than others. Dental sedation minimizes this reflex so these patients can avoid gagging or feeling nauseous while receiving dental work.

Avoiding Pain due to Sensitive Teeth

Certain patients have very sensitive teeth, which can make dental work especially uncomfortable. Sedatives help these patients feel more comfortable receiving dentistry.

Candidacy for Sedation

To undergo dental treatment while sedated, you must be in good health. In addition, patients cannot receive dental sedatives while pregnant. This could put a mother and her unborn child at risk.

Finally, a patient cannot undergo sedation dentistry if he or she has had a bad reaction to any type of anesthetic in the past. If you have had complications with sedatives in the past, it’s vital that you inform your dentist when discussing sedation dentistry. Your safety is our priority, and we will make absolutely certain that you can safely receive sedation before recommending this option.

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How Do I Choose a Sedation Dentist?

Dental sedation can be an incredible benefit to those who have avoided the dentist for far too long. However, it is important to understand that this solution requires great care on the part of your dentist in order to ensure that you can safely take advantage of sedation and experience the best possible benefits.

Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht have over 35 years of experience practicing cosmetic and restorative dentistry. We have provided patients with dental sedation for many years, and we only use state-of-the-art dental equipment for our procedures. Whether you need a tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, dental implants, or another dental procedure, rest assured that you’re in good hands when you choose our doctors.

Since we are a father and son team, you can trust that we are extremely family-oriented. We’re the best choice when looking for a gentle, relaxed dental experience for both yourself and your children. At Staten Island Aesthetic and Implant Dentist, your family is our family, and our dental procedures are personalized for comfort and the best possible results.

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Contact Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist

Does the idea of dental treatment make you anxious? Sedation dentistry can help you feel calm and relaxed. If you want to receive dental work without having to feel anxious or uncomfortable, contact our Staten Island, NY, dental team to learn more about sedation dentistry. 

Our doctors and the rest of our team want to make sure that your dental visit is as stress-free as possible. Contact us by filling out our form online or by calling:

(718) 705-4434

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Martin M.

Martin M.

August 2019

Every time is satisfaction. I look forward to visiting them every time. Never an issue. Will never visit another dentist. They are a great family and always treat u the right way. My teeth feel healthier then ever. They are the best. Words can’t describe.
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Ed A.

Ed A.

June 2019

Honestly I hated dentists until coming here. With no hesitation I would recommend these guys. Whole staff is awesome. I have no dental insurance and they worked with me. Excellent work done. I went to a dentist in Brooklyn and they fixed everything he messed up. I had implants done that were almost painless. Do not waste you time anywhere else both Dr Hechts know what they are talking about. View On Google +

Types of Sedation Available at Our Staten Island, NY, Dental Practice

Our dentists can administer one of two different kinds of sedation before performing dental work. Before your procedure, they will explain both types to you and determine which is best for your specific needs. The types of dental sedation we use are:
Oral Sedation
Oral Sedation

Oral sedation induces conscious sedation. That means you will be awake throughout the procedure, but the sedatives will help you achieve a state of near-sleep. You will be able to respond to questions, but you may not remember the procedure afterward. This type of sedation makes use of oral medications. You may take one or more pills depending on your weight, the length of the procedure, and other factors.

Oral sedatives are usually the best means of achieving relaxation during longer procedures since there is a limit to how long nitrous can be administered. It is important to note that you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure is complete, since it will not be safe for you to do so. You should also plan to relax at home for the remainder of the day.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide also induces conscious sedation. Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous helps patients drift into a state of deep relaxation while undergoing dental work. This sedative relieves dental phobia while providing a feeling of euphoria (which is what can prompt the laughing).

Nitrous oxide is administered through inhalation and can benefit both children and adults. This type of sedation usually wears off quickly, so you may be able to drive yourself home afterward.

Risk Factors

Use of anesthetics and sedatives always carries a certain amount of risk. For example, some patients may have allergies to the sedatives. The risk of complications is higher for patients with conditions such as obesity and obstructive sleep apnea.

Patients who are prone to serotonin syndrome may have a bad reaction to nitrous oxide. It’s important to inform your dentist if you have ever experienced this condition before. Again, we will conduct a careful screening to make certain this treatment is appropriate for you.

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Helping Anxious Patients



June 2019

Started on this journey afraid of the dentist and now 3years later I look forward to going for my regular cleanings and check ups. I would rate higher than 5 stars
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David K.

David K.

February 2019

My experience with Dr. Jason Hecht was the best doctor-patient relationship I have ever experienced. He is extremely knowledgeable and skilled, a great communicator and always took the time to answer all of my questions, addressed my concerns and relieved my anxiety.  Not only that but when I had an emergency Dr. Jason Hecht went out of his way to assist and accommodate me. He also followed up after my procedure and was prompt in returning my calls. I cannot recommend Dr. Jason Hecht enough!
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Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist

Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht
Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht

Our family-run practice, led by Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht, is guided by compassionate and genuine care for our patients. Several distinctions set us apart:

  • Creating beautiful smiles since 1978
  • One of the largest practices in the region
  • Excellence in treating even the most complex cases
  • Advanced cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanner
  • Dedication to continuing education
  • Incorporation of the latest techniques

To set up a consultation or learn more about our services, reach out to our office online or call (718) 705-4434.

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