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TERRIFIED OF THE DENTIST?           

NOW OFFERING SEDATION DENTISTRY!

 

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation for dentistry, often referred to as “Sleep Dentistry” is the use of medications to relax patients and reduce anxiety during dental procedures.  While you sleep, all dental treatment will be completed in a pain free and comfortable environment.  We aim to make sedation dentistry your best dental experience yet!

Is Anesthesia Safe?

Anesthesia has advanced greatly since its first use by a dentist in 1846. Safety is our primary concern. All medications administered are safe and carry minimal risks.  The side effects are minimized when administered and monitored properly. All safety equipment is on hand and the dentist anesthesiologist will never leave the room during the sedation. Our anesthesiologists conduct a thorough pre-anesthesia assessment to ensure optimal safety. 

Is There More Than One Type of Sedation?

Yes, anesthesia involves a continuum of sedation.   Our dentist anesthesiologists will evaluate the proper anesthetic plan for each patient based on the patient’s medical history and treatment plan.   The levels of sedation include:

Mild Sedation: Sometimes known as “oral sedation”, this form of sedation is for mild anxiety relief. The patient will often take an elixir or pill and stay awake during the procedure, but will feel a sense of relaxation from the medications.  Patients can respond to verbal commands,  cognitive function and coordination are impaired; however, breathing is unaffected. 

Moderate Sedation: Involves intravenous (IV) medications. The patient can respond verbal to commands either alone or by light stimulation. No interventions are required to maintain breathing. 

Deep Sedation: Involves intravenous (IV) medications, in different combinations and often in higher dosage.  The patient cannot be easily aroused but can respond to repeated tactile or painful stimulation, while breathing unassisted.

General Anesthesia: Blocks response to any stimulation.  The patient cannot be aroused, even by painful stimulation.  The ability to independently breath is often impaired. This is often accompanied with no recollection of the procedure performed.  

What Is The Difference Between IV-Sedation & Oral Sedation?

IV sedation: is administered directly into the bloodstream and works rapidly to induce the intended level of sedation. The cocktail of medications induces anxiety relief and targets pain control.  This combination alters the patient’s state of awareness resulting in the patient experiencing almost no memory of the procedure being performed.

Pros:                              Medications can be titrated during the procedure to achieve the desired level of                                         sedation
                                         Level of sedation can be adjusted according to patient’s response
                                         Minimizes physical and behavioral movement
                                         Allows for more dental treatment to be completed 
                                         Recovery time in the office is minimal

Cons:                             You will need an escort to drive you home

Oral sedation: is administered in either a pill or drink form into induce relaxation.  The patient is somewhat relaxed but can still respond to commands and stimuli. 

Pros:                              No needles involved
                                         Patient is awake and responsive                                        

Cons:                             Longer induction time
                                        Shorter dental treatment completed

Who Is Administering the Anesthesia?

A Dentist Anesthesiologist will administer the medications and monitor the patient. A Dentist Anesthesiologist is a dentist that has completed a post-doctoral residency in anesthesiology after completion of four years at an accredited Dental school. The post-doctoral residency consists of at least two years of medical based anesthesiology, which includes providing anesthesia in operating room, as well as outpatient (office-based) procedures.

Why Should I Use A Dentist Anesthesiologist? 

A Dentist Anesthesiologist is specifically trained to do provide ambulatory anesthesia in the dental office. The residency consists of a combination of clinical-hospital based training, supplemented with an office based experience.  In addition, their training was complemented by didactic lectures and seminars to develop highly competent practitioners.  A Dentist Anesthesiologist will carefully evaluate a dental patient to determine and deliver the appropriate sedation or general anesthetic that is needed.  This highly tailored training allows the Dentist Anesthesiologist to safely manage  and ameliorate any complications that may arise, ultimately providing an unsurpassed margin of safety in the care of the  dental patient.