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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you relax during dental procedures. We can use sedation for everything from a surgical procedure to a dental wellness visit - it all depends on your preferences. If you're interested in sedation, our team will take time with you to review your needs and go over the best options for you. If you are an anxious patient, Central Park West Dentistry is the perfect office for you!

Sedation dentistry might be right for you if you have:

  • Anxiety or phobia about dental treatment
  • Extensive dental needs, with a limited amount of time
  • A very sensitive gag reflex
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A fear of needles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or Dementia

There are several sedation options for sedation. We would be more than happy to speak with you either on the phone or in person to determine the very best choice for your own unique needs.


Nitrous Oxide (A.K.A. laughing gas):

Inhalation sedation, also known as nitrous oxide or laughing gas, is historically the most widely used dental sedation technique by dentists. With Nitrous Oxide, you’ll breathe a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a comfortable nose mask. The gas has a euphoric effect which relaxes you.


  • Least expensive
  • Very few side effects
  • Quick recovery: you can resume normal activities right away
  • Highly effective for mild to moderate dental anxiety
  • Ideal for short, routine dental procedures
  • You do not need someone to accompany you during the procedure as with other sedation methods


Oral Conscious Sedation:

With oral sedation, one of our specially trained providers (Dr. Winokur or Dr. Wardius) will give you a customized combination of pills to help you feel relaxed through your whole visit. Oral sedation is extremely effective. Complicated dental procedures can be done quickly and easily, all in one visit, with reduced fatigue during and after appointments.


  • No needles, only pills
  • Safer than IV sedation and general anesthesia
  • Highly effective for mild to moderate dental anxiety
  • Limited side effects with a quick recovery
  • Relatively inexpensive, compared to IV sedation or general anesthesia
  • 50% of sedated patients have very little or no memory of the dental procedure
  • Time passes very quickly, making hours feel like minutes


IV Sedation:

Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, is the most powerful method of sedation for the management of moderate to severe levels of dental anxiety. With IV sedation, a combination of sedative drugs and analgesics are administered intravenously into your bloodstream. IV sedation is a bit more costly than oral conscious sedation or nitrous. Your providers will monitor your breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate throughout your appointment to keep you safe and healthy!


  • Takes effect almost instantaneously
  • Level and length of sedation can be easily controlled
  • Recovery takes 24 hours with limited side effects
  • Provides deep relaxation, pain relief, and partial amnesia
  • Recommended for long and invasive dental procedure

General Anesthesia

General Anesthesia: Some patient groups with severe dental phobias or certain pathological conditions may need deep sedation in order to undergo dental procedures. General anesthesia, when the patient is completely unconscious, is also known as deep sedation. The patient is unresponsive, immobilized, and breathing assistance is required. This procedure can be riskier, and involves the administering of anesthesia by an anesthesiologist in a surgical environment, which also makes it more costly.


  • Allows patients who would otherwise not be able to tolerate any dental procedure the ability to get the care they need


What are the costs involved?

The fees for sedation will likely range between $199 and $3,000 depending on the type of sedation, length of procedure, and number of visits.


What are the actual drugs used in Sedation Dentistry?

We utilize a number of different medications in our sedation treatment based upon the length of your appointment and your current medical status. Some of the more common types of oral sedation medications are Valium, Versed, Ativan, and Benzodiazepines.


Does my insurance cover sedation?

Most insurance companies will not cover sedation, as they consider it an elective service. However, we offer many flexible payment options to help.


Can I receive sedation the same day as my initial appointment?

To ensure your health and safety, in most cases your dentist needs to perform an evaluation to determine what type of sedation is right for you, and to double check that you’re healthy enough to undergo the procedure.  We can generally offer Nitrous Oxide gas at your 1st visit. If you do choose another sedation option, chances are we’ll need to set up a follow-up visit for your treatment. After your initial visit, we’ll prescribe medicines for you to take on the day of your treatment. When you come in for your sedation appointment, you’ll need to be accompanied by a friend or family member who can escort you safely from our office. Because of these precautions, we will generally need to meet you for an initial examination and consultation before offering some kinds of sedation for your treatment.


How does conscious sedation dentistry work?

Prior to your visit, we’ll prescribe medication to calm your fears and make your trip to our office more comfortable. When you arrive at our office, you’ll be promptly greeted and brought to one of our treatment rooms where we’ll make sure you’re comfortable and get you set up with a blanket, pillows, headphones, and even TV if you’d like. We begin the sedation process by monitoring your vital signs. This is easily accomplished using a monitoring system similar to those used in the hospital. Next, we’ll give you the sedation medicine either orally or by IV. With Conscious Sedation, you’ll actually be awake during your treatment. You’ll feel relaxed and removed from your surroundings while maintaining the ability to respond to questions, however you will have little to no memory of your experience. After you’re relaxed, your dentist will complete your dental treatment. When your procedure is finished, a friend or relative will help you home. If you have difficulty numbing, you will find sedation dentistry to be a painless, easy and safe alternative.

Experts in Sedation Dentistry:

E. Robert Wardius, DMD

All-on-Four Implants Sedation Dentistry

Dr. E. Robert Wardius graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1981 as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. He has been a practicing dentist for over 30 years, providing all facets of general dentistry, as well as implant and oral surgery. Dr. Wardius has trained at…

Dr. Blake Winokur

Blake Winokur, DMD

Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Prosthodontics, Surgical Extractions, Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Blake Winokur is a native of Westchester, New York and received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Winokur not only utilizes the most advanced dentistry techniques and materials currently available, but he also provides his patients with warm and friendly service in a comfortable atmosphere. As…

Photograph of Dr. Victoria Laor

Victoria Laor, DDS

Oral Surgery, Wisdom Tooth Extractions, Surgical Extractions, Biopsies, Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Victoria Laor received a Bachelor of Biologic Sciences, followed by a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois. She then went on to complete her residency in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the Christiana Care Health System, serving as the chief resident in her fourth year. Currently, she is an Adjunct Clinical…

What People are Saying

Wonderful experience from beginning to end..I was terrified of the dentist & was full of dread when I entered this office . However it was all for nothing. The attentive staff put all my fears to rest & actually kept an eye on me making sure I was alright. As a result their carefree & very professional attitude went a long way to calming me down. I will never forget the staff for that effort!!”
Robert M
Love them and I have been with them for a little over a year now. They tend to work with sedations so we had a lot of stuff done as opposed to repeat visits. They are the first dentists that ever put vaseline on my lips when they had to keep my mouth up for a long period of time. At one point I thought they were going to have to do a partial crown and it turned out they had to do an entire crown and they kept the total price which is very unusual and they seemed knowledgeable and very competent and very kind. The staff are always lovely. They are open many hours a week, most times other dentists aren't.
–Orlanda B
I had a minor toothache that needed to be examined, when I phoned the office the very friendly staff scheduled a convenient appointment to accommodate my schedule. The next day I arrived to a very clean, modern professional office and was welcomed by the nicest office assistants imaginable. They offered coffee and other beverages while I took a few minutes to fill out new patients forms. The girls put me at easy with amusing light conversation, and my dental anxiety completely disappeared!
Mark S
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