Patient Comfort

Patient Comfort

While no dental procedure is 100% comfortable, we try to minimize any discomfort you might feel. Many of our patients make statements like, “This wasn’t even painful.  How did you do that?”  The following are some of the latest techniques we use to provide you with as comfortable an experience as possible:

Pre-medication

Patient comfort is one of the most important aspects of care. Different patients have different needs for pain and anxiety control medication. Depending upon the procedure and your wishes, there are many medications we can prescribe.

These medications are administered intravenously.  You periodontist administers just enough medication to make you relaxed and comfortable. You are carefully monitored, and additional medication can be easily administered throughout the procedure to ensure your sustained comfort.

Patients with certain medical conditions (e.g. valvular heart conditions and artificial joints) may be asked to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to treatment. We do this with your safety in mind. Please inform us if you have a condition that might require pre-medication.

Injections of Anesthesia

We use a topical anesthetic on your gums first to desensitize them and then administer the injection very slowly and precisely to reduce the burning sensation that can be experienced.

Sedation

For those patients who would feel more comfortable with sedation, we offer nitrous oxide and oral sedatives to help you relax during your treatment.

Your comfort is one of our primary concerns. If you have any questions about sedation, please do not hesitate to discuss these with us.

IV Sedation

We go to great lengths to make sure our patients have the quality care they deserve. For some of our patients that undergo longer procedures, and want to be comfortable, IV sedation is the best solution. Based on your health history, if you are a candidate for IV sedation, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will administer the proper medication needed for your specific case. The CRNA will monitor you, and observe even the smallest changes to your vitals. You will also be provided with pre-anesthesia guidelines to walk you through the process. You must have a ride home from your procedure, and must have a dependable adult stay with you for at least 8 hours after your procedure.Your safety and well being is our first priority

Patient Safety

We adhere to the highest professional standards of cleanliness, sterilization, and radiation control. Our staff regularly attend safety seminars and are knowledgeable on the latest techniques.