Defining a Sedation Dentist
Many dental procedures can be complex and intricate, requiring the patient to spend a few hours in a single appointment. In some cases, the patient may be uncomfortable with the prospect of an invasive dental treatment. In all such situations, sedation dentistry may be considered as an option to ensure complete patient comfort throughout the treatment.
Dr. Rob Strain is a well-known cosmetic dentist providing state of the art dental procedures. Dr. Strain was trained in sedation dentistry by the Dentists Organization for Conscious Sedation. He is also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.
Role of a Sedation Dentist
A sedation dentist will use medications to help the patient stay relaxed during a dental procedure. In exceptional cases, the dentist may make use of general anesthesia, but in many situations, the patient may be awake while a sedation dentistry procedure is performed.
The sedation dentist may make use of minimal sedation, in which the patient will be awake but relaxed. In many cases, conscious sedation or moderate sedation may be used. In this case, the patient is not likely to remember much of the procedure. Deep sedation and general anesthesia are stronger options, which will be used in exceptional situations.
Studio Dentistry, led by Dr. Strain, is a premier dental office that is fully equipped to provide sedation dentistry procedures. The practice receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas.
As a leading sedation dentist, Dr. Strain has been providing conscious sedation treatments to his patients for nearly a decade. The treatment is highly beneficial for patients who feel anxious or scared during a dental appointment. A single conscious sedation appointment can help to address their dental needs in a very comfortable and efficient manner.
The patient typically stays relaxed throughout the appointment and will mostly not remember anything significant about the procedure. Conscious sedation involves the administering of a small pill such as triazolam. This drug belongs to the Valium family of drugs, but acts faster and more effectively and provides amnesiac benefits too.
Patients who choose this procedure will often fall asleep while the treatment is in progress, but can easily be aroused. Patients requiring extensive dental procedures in a single appointment lasting three hours or more may benefit the most with conscious sedation.
General anesthesia is a specialized procedure for patients who have a very low pain threshold, excessive fear while sitting in a dentist’s chair, risk an extreme gagging reflex, or are medically compromised in a significant way. This procedure may be used for patients who need a large amount of dental work completed in one appointment.
Dr. Strain’s dental office offers the option of general anesthesia. The patient will be treated in an outpatient surgical center. The anesthesia procedure will be performed by an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist. The dentist will review the patient’s medical history to determine if they are a fit candidate to receive general anesthesia.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.