Sedation Dentistry

Lawrence O'Mallon, DMD

Children's Dentist & Orthodontics located in Jersey City, NJ

Comfort is our top priority for both parent and patient. At Lawrence O'Mallon we offer general anesthesia at Christ Hospital and we offer IV sedation. Together with our anesthesiologist, Glen Atlas we can complete dental procedure in-office and in most cases in one visit. Dr. Glen Atlas is a board certified anesthesiologist and full professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Call Dr. Lawrence O’Mallon today to learn more about sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, also called sleep dentistry, helps patients relax throughout dental procedures with medication. Most patients are not asleep unless they're put under general anesthesia. There are several levels of sedation dentistry, including:

Minimal sedation

During minimal sedation, you're relaxed yet awake and alert.

Moderate sedation

While you're conscious during moderate sedation, you may slur your words and forget much of your dental procedure.

Deep sedation

Deep sedation requires you to be on the verge of consciousness, where you can still be easily awakened by a medical professional.

General anesthesia

With general anesthesia, you'll likely be asleep throughout the entire procedure.

How is sedation administered?

There are a few different ways of sedation that Dr. O’Mallon recommends. These sedation options include:

Oral sedation

If you opt for oral sedation, and your dental procedure is minimal, Dr. O'Mallon will typically give a medication about one hour before the procedure. While you will still be awake during the appointment, you may feel tired enough to fall asleep.

IV moderate sedation

IV moderate sedation requires Dr. O’Mallon to inject a sedative through a vein, so it begins working as quickly as possible. During the procedure, Dr. O’Mallon will be able to control your level of sedation.

Deep sedation

During deep sedation, you will most likely be given general anesthesia, making you almost entirely unconscious. You may need medication to be awakened once the procedure has ended.

Sedation dentistry can help you or your child relax during dental procedures or routine visits. If you think sedation dentistry is right for you, call Dr. Lawrence O’Mallon today to learn more about your options. To learn more about our anesthesiologist, Glen Atlas, click here.