For patients with physical or intellectual disabilities, receiving quality dental care that’s comfortable and accommodating to their needs can be difficult to find. Our team understands the unique barriers faced by our patients, which is why we have a full, in-house anesthesia team to offer several different types of sedation to make your loved one as comfortable as possible. Depending on the treatments they’re receiving and what would help them feel most at-ease, we offer oral conscious, IV, and hospital/OR sedation, or general anesthesia. Plus, each patient is safely monitored by a professional throughout their entire procedure.
For oral conscious sedation, we administer a combination of oral sedative with nitrous oxide. We monitor the patient's vital signs throughout treatment, and the patient is not "put under." However, the relaxing effects of oral conscious sedation often cause drowsiness, so some patients fall asleep of their own accord. The effects of oral conscious sedation will linger for the remainder of the day following a dental visit. After oral conscious sedation, patients may remember little or nothing about their appointment.
IV sedation is a form of sedation that’s administered directly into the bloodstream for fast-acting effects and a comfortable, restful appointment. The medication is administered by our in-house anesthesiologist and your loved one will continuously have their vitals monitored throughout the process to ensure their safety. As soon as the effects of IV sedation take place, your loved one will enter a “twilight” state. They’ll remain conscious, but it will feel as though they’re sleeping, and when the effects wear off, they won’t be able to remember anything about their appointment.
General anesthesia uses both inhaled and IV-administered sedation to render a patient unconscious so they can have a completely comfortable procedure and not remember any aspect of it once the effects wear-off. Our in-house anesthesia team will be responsible for administering the sedation and monitor your loved one’s vitals to ensure their health as our team works quickly and effectively to restore the health of their smile. This form of anesthesia will make sure that patients don’t feel any sensation or are able to respond to outside stimuli during their treatment.