Sedation Dentistry with a Dentist Anesthesiologist 


 

Your Dentist Suggested IV Sedation, Now What?

Relax, It’s easier than you think! Your dentist suggested this option for your ease and convenience. Upon choosing sedation for dentistry, our office will contact you to review our procedures.  An appointment will be scheduled through your dental provider’s office.  On the day of the appointment a dentist anesthesiologist will meet you at your preferred dental location.

What to Expect

  1. Pre-Operative Evaluations: Before your scheduled appointment you will complete a medical questionnaire regarding patient medical history, current medications, surgical and anesthesia history, allergies, and additional health questions that may have an impact on your anesthetic care. On the day of your appointment, your  Anesthesiologist will conduct an airway assessment and physical exam followed by a thorough pre-anesthetic assessment.

  2. State-of-the-Art Monitoring: During the procedure the patient will be continuously monitored using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment in accordance with the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) guidelines.  The monitoring equipment includes NIBP (non-invasive blood pressure), pulse oximeter (oxygen saturation of blood), EKG (heart rate and rhythm), respiratory rate, temperature, and capnography. The Anesthesiologist will continuously monitor the patient’s vital signs during the dental procedure and through recovery. Emergency medical equipment equivalent to that carried by the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) is provided during every sedation procedure.

  3. Individualized Anesthetic Plan: Each patient will receive an individual, customized anesthetic plan based on the information recorded by the anesthesiologist during his focused physical exam and patient medical history. According to the anesthetic plan, medications will be selected for safety and comfort, allowing the sedation to be tailored to the needs of each individual patient.
 

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PEDIATRIC PATIENTS

Children are ideal candidates for in-office sedation.  Does your child fear the dentist or the sound of the drill? IV-Sedation can be a useful adjunct to dental treatment for the fearful or uncooperative child. A child’s fear of painful dental treatment and multiple local anesthesia injections can result in a life long fear of the dentist. IV-Sedation in the office will safely alleviate any fear and anxiety.  Most children require only one appointment with IV Sedation to address all the necessary dental treatment. 


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SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS

Patients with special needs include a diverse group. A fear of the unknown, lack of familiarity with the office or just an inability to cooperate with the doctor presents a challenge without the use of sedation. Sedation in the dental office offers patients with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities the ability to receive necessary dental care in a safe and efficient manner.

The anesthesia plan for a special needs patient is just as unique as the patient.  Often, a pre-medication technique is used to help the patient into the dental chair to start the IV.  The induction will also vary on the patient’s medical or behavioral condition. Similarly, the recovery may also vary.  For these reasons, our Dentist Anesthesiologists, are familiar with working with such a unique population to help facilitate a better dental experience.


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ADULT PATIENTS

Our goal is to allow a necessary procedure to be completed in an office setting, safely and comfortably, irrespective of the reason for sedation.  Many adults receive sedation in the dental office due to complex treatment, convenience, medical history concerns, or they are simply phobic. Regardless of the reason, we are here to help. 

Medications are administered through an IV.  The monitoring equipment includes NIBP (non-invasive blood pressure), pulse oximeter (oxygen saturation of blood), EKG (heart rate and rhythm), respiratory rate, temperature, and capnography. The Anesthesiologist will continuously monitor the patient’s vital signs during the dental procedure and through recovery. Emergency medical equipment equivalent to that carried by the E.M.S. (Emergency Medical Services) is provided during every sedation procedure.  The Anesthesiologist stays with the patient until he or she is able to leave.