Our goal is to provide periodontal
and implant care with the highest degree of patient comfort.
Many potential patients put off needed dental care due
to anxiety, sensitivity, or fear of pain. In our office
we hope to reduce possible anxiety about periodontal
and implant treatment by providing you with the information
that you need to understand what will happen. Additionally,
we offer the following services to maximize your comfort:
Topical anesthesia is often used for cleaning procedures
by our hygienists. It is also the first agent used prior
to injection of a local anesthetic to help make injection
as comfortable as possible.
Nitrous Oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing
gas”, can be used to help you relax and produce
a light sedation or disassociation from the procedure.
Many of our patients choose this option to assist with
their regular cleanings or short periodontal procedures.
The effects are fully reversible, which allows you to
drive shortly after the procedure.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral medication is sometimes prescribed prior to treatment
to reduce anxiety and allay fears. The medication is
usually taken at least one hour prior to treatment and
is used in conjunction with intraoral local anesthetic.
After taking oral medication for conscious sedation,
someone will need to drive you to and from the appointment.
I.V. Conscious Sedation
Intravenous medication is recommended for patients undergoing
extensive periodontal or implant procedures or to reduce
fear and anxiety associated with even short procedures.
During I.V. conscious sedation incremental doses of sedative
medication is given until you feel drowsy and sleepy.
During the procedure you are able to breathe on your
own, clear your throat if necessary, and respond when
spoken to. Vital signs are monitored and supplemental
oxygen is delivered to ensure your safety during the
procedure. Most people do not remember anything about
the procedure after being sedated. You must have someone
drive you to and from the appointment and avoid eating
or drinking for at least four hours prior to the procedure.
We work with several anesthesiologists in the area to
provide general anesthesia when needed for children or
medically compromised adults, or when the scope of treatment
requires long procedures not suitable for other anesthesia
modalities. The anesthesiologists with whom we work are
personable and informative and would be happy to answer
your questions regarding their services.