keeping you comfortable
throughout your dental experience
We know full well that for many, the dentists’ office can be a very intimidating place. According to the American Dental Association, the number one reason why Americans do not go to the dentist is because of fear.
IV Sedation and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are available on-site at Advanced DDS. These services are used primarily on patients with dental phobia. Our team will work closely with you to recommend the best options to provide you utmost comfort.
Nitrous Oxide & IV Sedation
Nitrous oxide is an extremely safe colorless and odorless gas that acts as a mild sedative agent. It is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose providing relaxation and comfort during your procedure. The effect of nitrous oxide will wear off quickly once the mask is removed.
IV Sedation Dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures. Before starting any treatments, our team will review your medical history and explain how Sedation Dentistry can work for you as we want you to be completely comfortable. You will drift along peacefully during treatment once the medication has been introduced via an IV set up. You’re then continually monitored throughout the procedure to ensure your safety. Once your procedure is completed, you will return to your normal conscious state with little memory of what was done and with no discomfort.
There are two major types of conscious sedation: oral and intravenous (IV). Both types are effective when treating patients, but IV sedation does have its advantages. With IV sedation, you do not need to take any pre-medication. This means you’ll arrive at our offices clear headed, and not drowsy. Secondly, once the medication is administered, the effects are almost instantaneous. Patients don’t need to wait for a pill to dissolve and be absorbed into the bloodstream (a process that can normally take up to an hour). Lastly, because of the method of administration, the patient doesn’t continue to receive doses of the sedative once the medication has been removed. This leaves the patient less groggy and drowsy when leaving the office.
Patients who have experienced IV sedation dentistry often remark that they weren’t aware the procedure was all completed and that they had very little memory of the appointment details. Advanced DDS has been offering IV sedation to their patients for the past 10 years.
General anesthesia is a drug-induced loss of consciousness where patients are not awake, and remain asleep for the duration of the procedure.
General anesthesia is safely used worldwide in dentistry. Doctors go through specific training and complete an advanced program accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation in order to become certified and licensed for providing general anesthesia.
Our onsite Anesthesiologist, Dr. Jose Rivero, is Board Certified by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and as well, certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
There is always some minimal risk when undergoing general anesthesia, including a possible sudden drop in blood pressure and/or irregular heartbeats. The patient will be closely monitored during treatment and the doctor always has appropriate medications and equipment to identify and manage any emergency, if ever needed.
Getting general anesthesia for your dental treatment has never been so easy! You will no longer need to schedule an appointment at your local hospital to get general anesthesia for your dental treatment.