We provide several levels of sedation to ensure completion of all dental treatment in a safe and pleasant manner. Dr. Myers had extensive training during his 5 years with the US navy in oral and IV sedation. Our objective is to have dental work completed in a non-stressful and atraumatic manner so you or your child can continue to maintain your oral care. We provide several levels of sedation to ensure completion of all dental treatment in a safe and pleasant manner.
- Very young and uncooperative
- Dentally anxious and phobic patients
- Patients that have severe gag reflex
- Patients that are allergic to local anesthesia
- Patients that are difficult to numb or ‘freeze’
- Special needs patients
About oral sedation
Sedative medication helps relax patients by slowing the action of the central nervous system. People remain aware of their surroundings, but are less responsive to external stimuli like the sound of the drill or the smell of materials.
This also reduces their sense of pain. Today's doctor draws upon a continually-expanding list of new sedatives to help lessen pain and dental anxiety. Current medications are often more powerful and less likely to carry unpleasant side effects. However, all medications differ, and there's no one medication that's appropriate for every patient. Some of the drugs take action quickly but rapidly fade in potency, while others last for hours. Doctors weigh a number of factors carefully to assess which drug will be the safest choice in a unique situation for a particular individual.
About IV sedation dentistry
IV stands for intravenous. Medication that is administered intravenously is administered through the veins. Because of its rapid effects many patients prefer this option. IV sedation medication is delivered through a very small needle placed in either the top of your hand or within your inner elbow. Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation is designed to relax you and make you completely comfortable. IV sedation also eliminates your anxiety and pain. Although you may lie back in the dental chair with your eyes closed, you will not be asleep during your appointment and will still be able to respond to verbal cues from your dentist. Because you are completely relaxed, we can accomplish more high-quality dentistry in less time. IV sedation can benefit you if you have a sensitive gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods of time. You'll be so relaxed that you'll be unaware of the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office. Patients remember little-to-nothing of their appointment by the next day.
IV sedation gives us optimal control of the amount of medication administered and allows us to readily increase or decrease your level of sedation as needed, quickly and comfortably. An additional benefit of IV sedation includes faster onset of the sedation medications, meaning you'll be able to feel the effects of the medication quickly. Your first appointment with Dr. Myers will be a standard consultation. This is when he will take a complete health history, conduct a full evaluation of your needs, perform a preliminary oral exam and explain the procedures being recommended. Your blood pressure, oxygen level and heart rate will all be measured, and he may choose to complete x-rays during this appointment as well. It's critical to tell him about all medications and supplements you take so he can check for any potential drug interactions with the sedation medications that will be used. As with all dentistry, safety comes first! Once a treatment plan is agreed upon, we will have you fill out paperwork giving your consent for treatment, answer any questions you may have and issue pre-appointment instructions and/or medications. We may choose to contact your primary care physician or any medical specialists you see for a consultation. This is done to ensure that you're a good candidate for the type of treatment being propose.We require that a patient does not eat or drink eight hours prior to their IV sedation appointment, and a companion is required to take you to and from the dental office. Just like oral sedation, Dr. Myers or one of his trained assistants will be with you at all times. You will never be left alone. Patients are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes that can easily be removed to ensure total relaxation. Upon lying down in the dental chair, an assistant will bring blankets to wrap around you so you feel comfortable and warm.
We will closely monitor you throughout the entire appointment by tracking your blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, oxygen level, and pulse. Additional monitoring devices may be used by Dr. Myers if deemed appropriate. He will also pay close attention to the positioning of your neck and head to ensure that your airway stays open and comfortable.
Upon administration of the IV medication, you will quickly begin to feel relaxed and at ease. The sights, smells and noises around you will dissipate. Wrapped in blankets, you'll feel warm and safe. We can usually accomplish a significantly larger amount of high-quality dentistry while you are sedated. Because your jaw, tongue and facial muscles are relaxed as well, your dentist can more efficiently provide you with a higher level of treatment.