Intravenous Sedation (Twilight Sedation)
Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous Sedation, also referred to as Dental Intravenous Anesthesia, or “Twilight Sedation,” for their dental treatment. This is what sets our office apart from other dental practices; it is our niche, if you will.
Intravenous Sedation or “twilight sleep” helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Your treatment can be completed for you under intravenous sedation, if you so desire. Intravenous sedation or IV Sedation/General anesthesia (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable you to undergo your dental procedures while you are very relaxed. It will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep a twilight sleep.
If you choose the option of intravenous sedation your IV Sedation/General anesthesia is administered and monitored by Dr. Morales, Dr. Shaikh, Dr. Alicea, Dr. Antonos, and Dr. Moore, therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.
How is the IV Sedation/General anesthesia Administered?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. Once again some patients may be asleep while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.
The goal of IV Sedation/General anesthesia is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV Sedation/General anesthesia, a constant drip is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. IV Sedation/General anesthesia is very safe!
Along with IV Sedation/General anesthesia, there are also different levels of sedation available to you in our office. There are nitrous oxide analgesia and oral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation. Basically, we can tailor the anesthesia to your need or desire. Once again, all modalities are administered and monitored by Dr. Morales, Dr. Shaikh, Dr. Alicea, Dr. Antonos, and Dr. Moore in the safety and comfort of our office environment.
Sedation dentistry is also a great option for the elderly, the disabled, or simply- the fearful!
Sedation Dentistry for the Elderly
As we age, our oral health becomes more important than ever. Periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss, which affects nearly every part of our daily lives. To lead full and active lives, we need our teeth and gums. They allow us enjoy food, support speech and good conversation, and facilitate digestion. Dr. Morales, Dr. Shaikh, Dr. Alicea, Dr. Antonos, and Dr. Moore are dedicated to treating elderly patients with care and commitment to comfort and health.
Elderly patients as a group tend to avoid dental visits for a variety of reasons, including: more pressing medical concerns, anxiety about treatment, the hardship of transportation, or fixed incomes. Once their oral health has reached an unmanageable point, fear and embarrassment further keep these patients away from the dentist.
For elderly patients embarrassed or fearful of their current oral state, sedation dentistry provides the opportunity for Dr. Morales, Dr. Shaikh, Dr. Alicea, Dr. Antonos, and Dr. Moore to treat these conditions while the patient remains relaxed and unaware until awaking to an improved oral state!
Sedation Dentistry for the Disabled
It may be especially difficult for people with disabilities to obtain access to proper dental care. They must find a dentist who is skilled and compassionate, and who can provide services for which some dentists may not be qualified. At Orofacial & Dental Implant Surgery we provide the expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, and dedication to assisting special-needs patients necessary to ensuring great oral care for our patients.
Disabled patients may face added challenges in maintaining their oral health. Their disability may make it difficult to brush or floss regularly; they may also suffer a severe gag reflex, or dry mouth as a result of medication. Dr. Morales, Dr. Shaikh, Dr. Alicea, Dr. Antonos, and Dr. Moore meet these challenges with sedation dentistry for the disabled. They are skilled in anesthesia for special-needs patients, and can ease the fear associated with out-of-control oral hygiene with one visit. Extreme disabilities may warrant the procedures be performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. Dr. Morales, Dr. Shaikh, and Dr. Alicea are trained to evaluate these conditions and make the appropriate decision.
Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful
Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.
If you suffer from dental phobia- fear no more! At Orofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, we are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, but IV Sedation/General anesthesia will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant sleeplike experience, Dr. Morales, Dr. Shaikh, Dr. Alicea, Dr. Antonos, and Dr. Moore will be hard at work making sure you wake up with the results you desire.