The Sound of the Drill. The Dreaded Dental Needle. The Thought of a Tooth Extraction. The Potential for Unexpected Dental Pain.
Do these things make you avoid the dentist? Are you petrified of being awake for an extraction or root canal? Are you afraid to even pick up the phone to make an appointment?
Then you’ve come to the right place. Sedation Dentistry is the solution.
Dr. Nicholas Calcaterra is one of Connecticut’s most experienced and sought after sedation dentists, having helped hundreds of patients over the past several years overcome their fears and get the dental treatment they need.
In sedation dentistry, Dr. Calcaterra administers medications that will bring you into a twilight state where you can get nearly any dental procedure done without any pain. And when you emerge, you won’t remember anything.
What is Sedation Dentistry Like in our Office?
Watch the video to hear from several of our patients and from Dr. Calcaterra to learn about sedations in our office.
Noticed how the video started? Our patient Leslie said “I don’t remember a thing.” That’s how she described her sedation experience!
Who Benefits from IV Moderate Sedation?
As an office that has treated hundreds of fearful patients, we’ve seen nearly every kind of dental phobia. In fact, we wrote an entire post about it. Here are some of the more common reasons why patients desire sedation:
- You are too uncomfortable or scared to even call the dentist, let alone come for an exam.
- You hate the tastes, smells, and sounds of the dentist.
- You had traumatic experiences as a child and now are too scared.
- You need multiple procedures performed and want to get them completed in much fewer visits.
- You have a bad gag response.
- You’ve had difficulty getting numb in the past at the dentist.
- You hate needles and shots.
- You are fine in the chair for simple fillings, but you need oral surgery performed (such as having wisdom teeth or other teeth extracted) or a root canal and you are scared.
- You are unable to find a dentist whom you can trust.
There are many other reasons why you may need or want sedation. These are just the most commonly seen ones.
Why Dr. Calcaterra for Sedation?
Simple. We do sedations ALL the time.
It is worth stating it again. We do sedations ALL the time. For us, sedating patients is a routine procedure, just like doing a filling or crown.
Many dentists claim to do sedation dentistry but do not do it on a routine basis. In nearly all of those cases, the dentists DO NOT possess the license to do so. They do not do 60 or more cases per year.
Other practitioners will offer nitrous oxide only. Some offer the procedure but only through an outside practitioner who you do not meet until the day of your procedure! Patients overwhelmingly choose Dr. Calcaterra for IV or oral sedation for the following reasons:
- Dr. Calcaterra is one of only a few general dentists in all of Connecticut who completed the advanced training to obtain an IV sedation license.
- He graduated number 1 in his class from dental school and completed advanced training in anesthesia at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford and at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
- Our Orange, CT office exceeds the safety requirements necessary to perform dentistry under anesthesia in Connecticut.
- Our broad experience in all phases of dentistry allows us to be able to perform almost any dental procedure under IV sedation at a reasonable cost.
Our extensive experience is what sets us apart. Now, while we can’t help you overcome a fear of spiders or flying in an airplane, we can help you overcome your dental fears and get you smiling again. Our goal is to be Connecticut’s best sedation dental office.
Our Sedation Resources
Want to learn more? Here are some of the resources we’ve put together for you to learn more and see why our office is considered Connecticut’s premier sedation office.
- View video testimonials of our own patients – Jennifer, Helen, Leslie, and Jen – who were sedated in our office and talk about their experiences.
- How much does sedation dentistry cost? We answer this and whether insurance will cover it on this page.
- Learn about how we use IV sedation for two of the most commonly feared dental procedure: tooth extractions and root canals.
- Want to learn how the process works? We have a detailed guide of how we do it in our office.
- We review all the types of sedation and anesthesia used in dental offices.
- Read about the most common reasons we’ve seen for why patients desire sedation for dental procedures.
- Learn about the rigorous requirements to earn a license to administer IV twilight anesthesia in Connecticut and how to see if your dentist has one.