Our office offers our patients the option of Oral Sedation, for their dental treatment. Oral Sedation helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Your treatment can be completed for you under oral sedation, if you so desire. Oral 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. Oral sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep”. If you choose the option of oral sedation your sedatives are pre-prescribed by Dr. Goettisheim and the treatment can be performed in his office. The patient will require a friend or family member to drive them back and forth from the treatment and stay with the patient for the remainder of that day.
For your convenience, we have several Dental Anesthesiologists who can provide general anesthesia to our patients within the office environment. These doctors are specialists in dental anesthesia and provide competence and convenience by putting the patient under general anesthesia for complex cases. The patients are monitored by the anesthesiologists continually during the procedure so that Dr. Goettisheim and his staff can concentrate on the treatment being performed. Use of water irrigation during the treatment is not a problem with general anesthesia as the patient’s airway is secured. Patients come out of the anesthesia relaxed often with no awareness of what treatment was performed. With general anesthesia, a constant “drip” is maintained via an intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the anesthesia, if necessary. We obtain a through medical history and your specific needs are addressed by the anesthesiologist before the day of the treatment. Again, a friend or loved one needs to accompany the patient to and from the appointment and stay with them for the remainder of the day. General anesthesia is very safe! Along with general anesthesia, there are also different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia or oral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation – basically we can tailor the anesthesia to your need or desire. Once again, general anesthesia is administered and monitored by a board certified dental anesthesiologist 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 as they allow us to enjoy food, support speech and good conversation, and facilitate digestion. Dr. Goettisheim is 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. Goettisheim 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 Dr. Goettisheim’s office, we provide the expertise, state-of-the-art-equipment, and dedication to assist special-needs patients while 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. Goettisheim offers sedation dentistry for the disabled.
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 Dr. Goettisheim’s office, we are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, but sedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant experience, Dr. Goettisheim will be hard at work making sure you achieve the results you desire.