A Gentle and Comfortable Experience
As a periodontist, I’ve got a very good opportunity to treat our patients here with multiple forms of sedation. Sometimes we’ll use a pill with a little nitrous oxide, happy gas, and that makes them very, very relaxed and very comfortable. Sometimes we do intravenous sedation where they’re in a twilight sleep, and we can do our procedures a couple hours long. We get everything done at one time. Patient is conscious during the whole procedure. I can tell them, move your head to the left, move your head to the right, but at the end, they will say, are we all done? I don’t remember a thing. So, this is one of the things that we do.
In addition, I think one of the most important things that we can have is to establish a good relationship with the patient. The trust that comes with that is probably the most important thing when it comes to anxiety with a patient. We’ve had a lot of patients that come in here that are deathly afraid of sitting in a dental chair, and it’s taken, I’ll admit, it’s taken some time to get them, so they’re very comfortable, but they’ve turned into some of the nicest patients that we have, and we look forward to seeing them.