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Sedation Dentistry

Many patients avoid going to the dentist because of dental sensitivity, difficulty sitting still, or fear of pain. 

At Designing Smiles in Hackensack, NJ, we offer sedation options so you can receive the dental care you need without anxiety or discomfort.

Learn more about sedation dentistry with Dr. Judith Mamah and our caring dental team...

Who Chooses Sedation Dentistry? Sedation Can Help If You...

Dr. Mamah and her entire staff practice gentle dentistry in a soothing office environment. Rest assured, our team of dental professionals will do all we can to provide you with a pleasant appointment. 

Have Dental Anxiety

Many adults avoid trips to the dentist because dental care makes them nervous. Sedation can calm the nerves of patients with dental phobia and enable them to undergo necessary procedures.

Are Especially Sensitive to Discomfort

Some patients have a more sensitive gag reflex or feel discomfort from dentistry more acutely. The sedation options at our Hackensack practice dull the senses so these patients can sit comfortably through a dental appointment.

Require Extensive Treatment

If you require multiple procedures to preserve your dental health, such as full mouth reconstruction, sedation can help you sit through several treatments in one appointment, limiting the need for future visits and lowering your stress and overall costs.

Delaying Dental Treatment Can Affect Your Health Talk to Dr. Mamah about Soothing Sedation Options

Dr. Mamah knows how anxiety about pain, surgery, or just going to the dentist can prevent many people with dental issues from making an appointment. That is why just visiting our warm and inviting Hackensack, NJ, practice for a casual, free consultation about sedation dentistry is a great first step.

Dr. Mamah and the entire Designing Smiles team want you to know that our goal is to improve your quality of life and self-esteem through dentistry, without causing you unnecessary pain or stress. Reach out to set up a consultation today at our beautiful practice, which is designed to make you feel at home.

Use our online form or give us a call anytime. 

Dr. Mamah in Our Comfortable Procedure Room
Our entire office is designed to promote patients' comfort.

Glowing Reviews for Our Sedation Dentistry "...felt ZERO pain during and after my procedures."


Jackie L


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Best dentist I’ve ever been to! Everyone here is so professional, polite, efficient, attentive and caring. I felt very safe with their COVID-19 protocols in place...I picked this office because they offered sedation dentistry which was a lifesaver for me, I really left the office with a completely different smile and felt ZERO pain during and after my procedures. Designing Smiles is actually an hour from my home but it’s so worth it. 10/10!! Highly recommended.

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I've had a great experience with this dentist's office. All of the staff are friendly, professional, and make you feel at ease. I had extreme dental phobia coming here and received sedation dentristry which was a breeze. The staff is so nice and gentle that now I am able to go without sedation! Thank you to Dr. Mamah, special shout out to Laurie the dental assistant who helped me, and the rest of the excellent team. Ashley M.

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Why Choose Dr. Mamah for Sedation Dentistry?


Dr. Mamah has been providing first-class, gentle dental care to patients for over 30 years, 20 of those in Hackensack, NJ.

Multilingual Practice

Worried that your fears or concerns may not be heard due to a language barrier? Our staff speaks fluent Spanish, Tagalog, and Korean. We are here to help our diverse neighborhood community feel comfortable at the dentist office.

Award-Winning Practice

Dr. Mamah was voted one of New Jersey's Top Dentists and an OpenCare Patients' Choice Winner for best dentist.


Dr. Mamah works with a skilled anesthesiologist when deeper levels of sedation are administered to patients.

Emergency Services

Designing Smiles accepts emergency dentistry calls until midnight every night. If you or a family member have a dental emergency, call us and Dr. Mamah will treat you as soon as possible. Sedation can be available for your comfort.


Dr. Mamah is a proud member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).

Performs Complex Procedures

A benefit of using sedation dentistry from Dr. Mamah is that a complex procedure like full mouth reconstruction can be done while you are sleeping or very drowsy. This will allow Dr. Mamah to perform the procedure faster and more efficiently, while you remain deeply comfortable.

Our Sedation Options

At Designing Smiles in Hackensack, NJ, our dentist offers two safe, effective sedation dentistry options in addition to local anesthesia: oral sedation and IV sedation. We offer these options for any dental procedure that might cause anxiety.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation provides a deep level of relaxation, which some patients prefer during dental treatment. With this method, Dr. Mamah provides you with a prescription for a sedative to take at home before your appointment. During treatment, you will remain conscious but should feel very calm and relaxed, even if extensive dental work is needed.

There are several types of medication available for oral sedation, some of which also work to reduce your memory of the dental procedure. Patients who are very fearful or have dental phobia may benefit from this option. The pills will make you feel drowsy, so you will need to arrange for transportation to and from our convenient offices in Hackensack, NJ.

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Patients who choose oral sedation take a prescribed sedative before their appointment.

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation is the most powerful form of sedation dentistry we offer. With this method, our doctors administer a controlled amount of sedative directly into your bloodstream to ensure a rapid, effective onset.

We can use IV sedation to render patients completely unconscious during lengthier procedures like dental implant placement. It can also be used to help especially anxious patients enter a "twilight state," in which they are still conscious and cooperative but won't remember anything about their treatment. 

Patients who choose IV sedation must arrange for a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment.

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IV sedation is a great choice for patients who require more advanced procedures.

Does Dr. Mamah Offer Laughing Gas?

Many dentists do offer laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, as a mild sedation option inhaled through a mask. However, even though this gentle sedative promotes a calm feeling, Dr. Mamah prefers oral and IV sedation to nitrous oxide as those options help her Hackensack, NJ, patients reach a much deeper state of relaxation. She wants every one of her patients to have as comfortable and pain-free of an experience as possible.

Patients Rave about Sedation Dentistry Real 5-Star Reviews


Francisca Suazo


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I extremely love this office .  I had 2 visits in 1 month with over 4 procedures per visit.  Sedation is everything!!  No pain and no soreness after.  Cant believe I now look forward to my next appointment.  Cant wait to fix my smile go back and whiten my teeth so I can finally smile so hard that my face hurts Love them...  Team is great and Dr Mamah is wonderful.  I might as well be handing out their business cards because I'm definitely a walking sample of a satisfied patient.

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Ann Miller


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I had a great experience here. As a person who has terrible anxiety about visiting the dentist this place was a game changer. They offer sedation and will work to get a lot done in as few visits as possible to minimize anxiety - often it’s the anticipation that is far worse than then visit itself for me. Dr. Mamah and my hygienist Deborah were calming and reassuring. I was able to be sedated and get all my dental work done in one marathon visit...Thank you Designing Smiles.

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The team at Designing Smiles

Designing Smiles

Dr. Mamah and her team of dental professionals provide life-changing dental care to the community of Hackensack, NJ. She is a member of a number of prestigious dental associations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • New Jersey Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Schedule your consultation by contacting us online or calling us at (201) 343-4302 today.

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"If you are looking for a new Dentist or you need a change, Dr. Mamah and her staff are amazing. I had the greatest experience and felt so relaxed." Debra S.

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