Do Not Let Dental Anxiety Get in the Way
Among the sedation dentistry protocols we use are:
- Local Anesthetic A local anesthetic is a numbing agent that is applied to the soft tissues of your mouth to desensitize the area. Local anesthetic is amazingly effective for people without dental anxiety needing routine dental treatment.
- Nitrous OxideThis gas is inhaled through a mask. It leaves you feeling very relaxed, but completely conscious. After the procedure has been completed, the gas is stopped. Recovery takes a few minutes and you are left feeling refreshed.
- Oral Sedation During oral sedation, you will be given a sedative pill upon entering our dental office. When the medicine begins to take effect, you will become very calm. You will need someone to drive you home after your procedure, although you will be awake the whole time.
- IV Sedation Our team will deliver sedative medication intravenously to relax you almost immediately. With IV sedation in San Diego, CA, our team will monitor your vital signs and can adjust the level of medication provided to ensure your comfort and safety. These medications produce profound amnesia and provide a high level of safety because they are reversible. You will need someone to drive you home after your procedure.
- General Anesthesia On staff are several team members who are trained and certified in general anesthesia. General anesthesia is typically used for patients with complex medical histories. In this case, a board certified medical anesthesiologist will be present during your dental treatment. You will need a ride home after choosing general anesthesia.
Our team at North County Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry has experience working with patients of all ages and dental concerns. From pre-cooperative pediatric patients or special needs patients, to those with extreme anxiety and complex dental needs, our dental anesthesia options allow you to rest comfortably through your appointment and wake up with a new smile. Our dental anesthesia options and our Single Visit Dentistry with CEREC Technology are a great combination for people with dental anxiety. This allows us to tailor an ideal treatment plan to fit your needs.
Best Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is safe for use in most patients, including pediatric and special needs patients. Depending on the nature of the procedure being performed or the patient’s comfort level in the dental chair, we may suggest one of several sedation options we offer.
Those who may benefit the most from sedation include those with:
- Distressing memories of past dental experiences
- Extreme anxiety or panic attacks before dental visits
- Fear of needles or injections
- Intolerable gag reflexes
- Poor response to numbing anesthetic
- Difficulty keeping the mouth open for extended periods of time
- The need for lengthy dental procedures
- Complicated dental issues
- Need for dental surgery
- Complex medical issues or physically challenged patients
- Pre-co operative pediatric patients
Choose a Dentist Who Believes in Safety and Certification
When you need any kind of sedation dentistry, you should fully trust your dental provider. At North County Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, our team members have been certified in numerous types of dental anesthesia. This means you can trust in our ability to keep you and your loved ones safe and comfortable throughout the sedation process.
Dr. Christopher Henninger is one of only five percent of restorative dentists certified by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology to provide IV sedation in San Diego, CA. He has full hospital privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Tri-City Medical Center. Dr. Henninger completed a one year hospital-based residency that focused on Dental Anesthesia, providing complex dental treatment to patients with complex medical histories, and oral surgery. We also have a team of board certified medical anesthesiologists that provide general anesthesia for patients with complex medical issues.
These are all reasons why at North County Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry you will have access to the dentistry you need without the worries and fears that cause dental neglect.
How Dental Anesthesia Works
Before your dental treatment we will review your medical history and your dental needs. We will customize a treatment plan to meet your needs and an anesthesia plan so that you are comfortable. We will usually complete all necessary consent forms and provide you with prescriptions the day before your dental appointment. Please read our Pre-Operative Instructions for Dental Anesthesia.
Please bring an adult escort that you trust the day of your procedure.
You will not be able to drive yourself home.
Do not eat or drink anything, including water, 8 hours prior to your procedure.
On the day of your appointment, you will be brought back to the dental operatory. A vital sign monitor will track your oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and heart rhythm throughout the procedure. Supplemental oxygen will be used through a nasal cannula during the procedure. Before the procedure starts, you will receive medication through an IV. Unlike taking medications orally, this method ensures a much quicker delivery through the bloodstream and affords the doctor better control and a more precise measure of how much sedation is being administered.
Through the use of IV sedation medications, high dental anxiety, uncooperative behavior, extensive dental disease, and the need for surgical procedures can be overcome in the comfort of our office. There are various types of dental anesthesia, also known as sleep dentistry. For the duration of your dental treatment you will be comfortably asleep and not aware of what is going on around you.