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Sedation Dentistry

Do you avoid the dentist due to anxiety? You’re not alone. An estimated 10 to 20 percent of adults have severe dental anxiety. 

If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can help you stay relaxed while receiving the dental care you need.

Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht of Staten Island, NY, offer multiple forms of conscious sedation.

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At Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, we welcome nervous patients. We understand that many men and women have some level of dental fear, and we go out of our way to make these patients feel welcome and comfortable. Thanks to conscious sedation, you can have your teeth treated and never remember the procedure.

Curious About Sedation Dentistry? Contact Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist

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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 feeling 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 ensure that your dental visit is as stress-free as possible. Contact us by filling out our online form for a free consultation or by calling:

(718) 705-4434

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Martin M.

August 2019

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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.

June 2019

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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.

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Our Sedation Options

At our dental office in Staten Island, NY, we offer two different kinds of sedation. Both are conscious sedation methods so you will remain awake and cooperative during your treatment, but you will feel calm and relaxed, and you may not remember your appointment at all once the sedation wears off. Before your procedure, we will explain both types to you and determine which is best for your specific needs. The types of dental sedation we use are:
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Oral Sedation

This type of sedation makes use of oral medications. Before your appointment, our doctors, Jason and Alex Hecht, will write you a prescription for a sedative in pill form. The number of pills you take will depend on your weight, the length of the procedure, and other factors.

Oral sedation is usually the best means of achieving relaxation during longer procedures. It is important to note that you will need someone to drive you home after the procedure is complete, as 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 known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide 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 can prompt the laughing).

Nitrous oxide is administered through inhalation and can benefit both children and adults. Our doctors can periodically adjust the amount of gas being administered, ensuring you remain comfortable throughout your treatment. The effects usually wear off quickly, so you may be able to drive yourself home afterward.

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 they have 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 our dentists when discussing sedation dentistry. Your safety is our priority, and we will make sure that you can safely receive sedation before recommending this option.

to undergo dental sedation, you must: be in good health, not be pregnant, have no history of bad reaction to intended sedative

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 from your dentist 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 run an extremely family-oriented practice. We’re the best choice when looking for a gentle, relaxed dental experience for both yourself and your children. At Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, your family is our family, and our dental procedures are personalized for comfort and the best possible results.

"I Cannot Recommend Dr. Jason Hecht Enough!


Laura Peterson


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Dr. Hecht’s office offers exceptional care and personalized service. Jackie and the other staff members immediately put you at ease, and you know your family members will be treated as members of their own families. The phones are always answered in a pleasant and professional tone, and the office is impeccably clean. I would easily recommend this office to friends who need dental care. It was worth the trip to the South Shore! :)

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David K.

February 2019

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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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Sedation Dentistry Risk Factors

The use of anesthetics and sedatives always carries a certain 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 our dentists if you have ever experienced this condition before. Again, we will conduct a careful screening to make sure this treatment is appropriate for you.

anesthetics and sedatives always carry a certain amount of risk. However, the following factors increase your risk: you have never taken the intended sedative, you are obese, you have obstructive sleep apnea, you are prone to seratonin syndrome

Learn More in a Free Consultation Contact Us Today

At Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, we happily offer free consultations to prospective patients. Contact our office today to set up your free consultation if you want to discuss sedation dentistry with our experienced doctors. You can get in touch with us online or by calling:

(718) 705-4434

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Best dental service out there! The Hecht family has been attending to my dental needs for decades and I couldn't be happier with their services. They have the most competent technicians and the friendliest receptionists anyone could ever ask for!

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Joseph McCarthy


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I came for an emergency and Dr. Dave and the staff helped me with my pain. Place is absolutely wonderful. This is my new dentist for the rest of my life. Thanks again to the wonderful staff

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Sedation Dentistry and Dental Implants

Our Staten Island dentists specialize in replacing lost teeth and rehabilitating damaged smiles with dental implants. In many cases, our patients have developed severe dental conditions because they have avoided dental care out of fear. Thanks to our sedation options, these patients can overcome their dental anxiety and enjoy the truly life-changing benefits of implant dentistry.

Whether you require a single implant or a full mouth reconstruction, we can make sedation available during any and every stage of your treatment. When you take advantage of dental sedation, you may not even remember your implant procedure. You'll arrive for your appointment, and next thing you know, you'll have brand-new teeth, restored dental function, and greatly boosted confidence.

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Paying for Sedation Dentistry

The use of sedation does add to the overall cost of treatment, and dental insurance doesn't typically cover sedation-related costs. However, if sedation is needed to repair your smile, we believe it is a more than worthwhile investment. We offer several financing options that can help you afford sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

How Long Do the Effects Last?

How long the effects of conscious sedation will last will depend on the sedation method you choose. If you choose oral sedation, you may feel a little groggy for the remainder of the day after your appointment. That's why it's important to have a friend or family member drive you home after your treatment. On the other hand, if you choose nitrous oxide, the effects should wear off within a few minutes after the mask is removed.

How Do I Prepare for Sedation Dentistry?

Our dentists will provide detailed instructions on what you should and shouldn't do before your appointment. If you choose nitrous oxide, you should avoid eating for two hours before your appointment. If you choose oral sedation, you should not eat for around six hours before your appointment, and you should also make arrangements for someone to pick you up at the end of your treatment.

What Types of Procedures Involve Sedation?

We often recommend sedation when patients are going to undergo more involved procedures like dental implant surgery or bone grafting. However, patients with acute dental anxiety can choose to be sedated for any procedure, including minimally invasive treatments like veneers placement or dental bonding.

Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht

Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist

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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