A Gentle and Comfortable Experience
Our practice uses multiple modalities to have patients become comfortable. Obviously the believability, the likability, and the trust is the most important aspect that we have. If we develop a friendship and if we develop that relationship with a patient, we’re then able to be able to come and allow them to be able to come in. But in the instance where we don’t, we have nitrous oxide available. I also do intravenous sedation with a little bit of (inaudible) and we can calm them that way. And we can make most appointments with that, so they don’t remember the appointments.
Obviously there’s the pill that we can use as well, but that … in my estimation, that’s not as predictable as … I can’t be able to control the rate and sedation of the patient that I want with a pill, because I have no access to the patient’s vein. By doing that, we can then regulate the quality and the amount of material, the amount of sedation they receive and therefore the amount of memory that they don’t have, but more importantly we will try, first of all, to have the patient develop a good relationship with us.
We have many patients we’ve sedated, and over the period of time we have not had to sedate them because this relationship has been established. And although there are a lot of surgical procedures where I feel that sedation is important, there are many other procedures that we do in restorative dentistry where the adequate nitrous oxide, which gives them a very euphoric feeling … I like to say it’s like going through communion three times when you’ve got the real stuff instead of the grape juice. And it makes them feel good, they can leave the office, and they’re able to drive, they’re able to work without any quote/unquote hangover from any medications.