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Making your patients feel comfortable when you refer them to us for treatment is our No. 1 priority. Our team understands that dental treatment, especially oral surgery, can cause fear and anxiety.
We have the expertise in treating a variety of conditions and solving problems related to missing teeth, impacted teeth, decayed teeth and oral pathology. However, just as importantly, being prepared to handle those anxious moments to ensure the best outcome possible requires training and experience. We pride ourselves in having both.
As a team, we have years of experience in managing patients for oral surgery treatment. Three of our six team members have worked with me for more than 18 years each, and all are well-versed in making sure patients are put to ease knowing they are receiving the finest care possible.
And as an oral surgeon, I have special training in a variety of anesthesia techniques to keep patients comfortable during treatment.
A consultation is recommended to review treatment and also gives us an opportunity to talk about the options that will make patients comfortable during their procedure. Many simple modalities are available once a medical history has been obtained.
- Oral premedication with medicines like halcion (a benzodiazepine) and clonidine (an alpha agonist) allow for relief of mild anxiety. In addition, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has the added benefit of relieving pain and anxiety during oral surgery treatment.
- For patients with moderate anxiety, IV sedation provides a deep state of relaxation to allow for performance of procedures in a comfortable manner. In addition, IV sedation is chosen when procedures are more complex or longer in duration. Patients must be in good physical condition, have a good airway and not be severely obese.
- A third option is general anesthesia where patients are asleep for their procedures. This option is chosen for younger patients or for those with extreme anxiety. Again, like those patients selected for IV sedation, patients must be healthy, not be at extremes of age, have a good airway and not be severely obese.
Once patients meet our experienced team, see our office and review options for treatment, they will feel confident that we can manage their oral surgery experience in a comfortable manner.
Maintaining communication, especially prior to a patient’s consultation with our office, and sharing information about what causes a patient’s anxiety or any special needs they may have will help us best manage your patient.
Dr. David W. Todd, DMD, MD, has been active in his profession. He has authored 18 articles in various publications and made numerous presentations at state, regional, and national meetings. For Dr. Todd’s full bio click here.