Details of Sedation

Having anesthesia/sedation for dental procedures

It is normal for many patients to feel nervous or anxious about their dental procedures. Dr. Ramsey Amin has advanced training in ways to help with your anxiety, and other medications to make you feel more comfortable. By having a more relaxed patient, we may be able to complete more of your dentistry in one to two appointments. These appointments are as short as 30 minutes and as long as 6 hours.

The following information will address the most commonly asked questions regarding anesthesia. The decisions of which type of sedation/anesthesia will be determined by you in consultation with Dr. Amin.

What is sedation and anesthesia?

During dental and oral surgery procedures, local anesthesia (Novocaine) is administered to block pain sensations. Because shots alone may not be enough, the anxiety that some people have can be controlled by administering sedative drugs, such as Valium and narcotic-type medications. A sedated patient may remember the procedures, but will be more relaxed. Additional medications, such as agents similar to versed, are sometimes used to cause anesthesia, which places the patient more deeply asleep without memory.

How is the medication administered?

The sedative and anesthetic medications are typically given intravenously (IV). Since the effects are so rapid by this means of administration, Dr. Amin can precisely give the correct amounts of the medications to make you relaxed and comfortable. Also, if more medications are needed during the procedure, the IV allows easy administration of additional medications. Most people love the feeling of being sedated.

How am I monitored during the procedure?

Depending on the depth of the sedation and anesthetic being used, as well as your own medical conditions, various monitors are used. These vary from automatic blood pressure cuffs, to the use of pulse oximeters, which through a light sensor, measure the oxygen concentration in your blood.  An EKG and carbon dioxide monitor may be used, as well.

The doctor, along with at least one trained member of the staff, will always be with you and closely observe you throughout your treatment. Dr. Ramsey Amin typically has 2 assistants per sedated patient procedure… you are always monitored.

anesthesia monitor

Is anesthesia safe?

The use of sedation and anesthesia in dentistry has a commendable record of safety. This is due to the specialty advanced training and commitment to your overall health. It is important to advise us of all medications that you take, allergies, as well as any changes in your health since your last visit. Dr. Amin will extensively review your health with you.

In most states a special license is required to administer intravenous medications. In order to qualify, your doctor had to provide evidence of advanced training in anesthesia, and often a site visit is required. The ability to handle emergency situations, as well as having specific emergency medications and equipment is also mandatory. Dr. Amin is trained in the highest level of CPR called ACLS. This is what paramedics and ER doctors use every day.

What is the ADSA?

The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology is a group of dentists who are committed to the task of making dental care more pleasant through a variety of advanced pain and anxiety control techniques. Our membership in this organization is evidence of our concern for your comfort and health.  Anesthesia and sedation are always evolving and Dr. Ramsey Amin understands the importance of being on the forefront of technology and techniques.

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