The team at Southwoods Smile Squad believes that every child deserves a positive dental experience. Sedation is one of many tools we use to help treat patients with significant dental needs or those who may be especially fearful. Depending on your child’s specific situation, we are proud to provide sedation care through Nitrous Oxide, Oral Sedation, or IV Sedation.
After discussing the treatment required, we will determine which type of sedation may be best for your child and work with you to develop a plan. Our primary goal is your child’s safety, well-being, and comfort.
Dr. Raquel Rozdolski is a board-certified anesthesiologist, a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed her general practice residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. She served as chief resident at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine during her anesthesiology residency. Dr. Rozdolski also provided sedation at the Rose F. Kennedy Center for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She now owns and operates Sweet Dreams Dental Anesthesia, PLLC, a mobile anesthesia practice that travels throughout New York State.
She is the Director of Anesthesia and Pain Control and Assistant Professor at Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Rozdolski is the Course Director for Pain and Anxiety Control and a guest lecturer in several courses such as Pharmacology & Patho Medicine. Dr. Rozdolski also serves on faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is on the medical staff of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The Mount Sinai Hospital as well as Jacobi Medical Center as an attending anesthesiologist.
Dr. Rozdolski serves as Committee Chair for the New York State Dental Health Planning & Hospital Dentistry Committee. A committee responsible for the development and implementation of dental health and access programs, including those geared toward meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities. She is also an active member on the OPWDD Task Force for Special Dentistry in New York State. Additionally, she is spearheading a grant project in conjunction with the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and Touro College of Dental Medicine.
Originally from the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, Dr. Rozdolski is now proud to consider New York her home. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, photography, gardening and time spent with her husband, family, friends & their beloved French Bulldog.
Dr. Rozdolski has a passion for working with children and adults in order to make their dental experience a positive one. She is humbled to be able to provide a safe and comfortable environment for her patients and their families.
Here at Southwoods Smile Squad, we are proud to offer nitrous oxide to help our patients have a relaxing, stress-free visit. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is one of the safest and most commonly used types of sedation.
Oral conscious sedation (OCS) is a safe, effective, and non-invasive method to help increase cooperation and reduce anxiety and discomfort/pain associated with dental treatment. Various medications can be used to sedate a child and are selected based on your child’s age, overall health, level of anxiety, and dental treatment recommendations.
Once the medications have been administered orally, it may take up to an hour or more before your child shows signs of sedation and is ready for dental treatment. Most children become relaxed and drowsy and may drift into a light sleep from which they can be aroused easily.
Many children suffer from dental anxiety, feeling extreme fear that keeps them from receiving necessary dental treatment. We want all patients to receive excellent dental care despite their dental anxiety. To this end, we offer in-office intravenous deep sedation by a board-certified anesthesiologist to ensure the safety & comfort of our patients.
We work with Dr. Rozdolski of Sweet Dreams Dental Anesthesia, PLLC, who partners with us to provide the safest, most expert care possible. If your child fears going to the dentist, call us today at (518) 242-7800 to learn