We understand that many people don’t like to visit the dentist. The drilling, the noise, the shots and just having someone messing with your mouth can be discomforting. We deal with all of these factors. It is best to start with a non-threatening appointment consisting of just an exam and any necessary x-rays. This action puts you in a position of knowing the severity of your dental problem. It has been our experience that most people who are afraid don’t have as bad a dental problem as they imagine they have. If dental work is needed beyond a regular cleaning, we can perform at any of the levels below:
LEVEL ONE: At this level we use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) only. This gas is a relative analgesia, not really a pain-killer. This gas is good for minor procedures such as bite adjustments. Some people like it for their cleaning appointments. There is no additional fee for the use of nitrous oxide. It is safe and you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. Pregnant women can not use it.
LEVEL TWO: At this level we use a local anesthetic in the novocaine family to numb the area on which we will be working. We use The Wand to give the shot. The Wand is an injection device much superior to the old fashioned hypodermic syringes. It is a novocaine pump with a microprocessor that measures your tissue density and pumps the novocaine in at a rate that does not cause a sudden expansion of the tissues. Much of the discomfort of an injection is caused by the sudden expansion of your tissues, NOT the needle itself. The Wand also enables us to use very skinny needles.
LEVEL THREE: At this level we simply combine the nitrous oxide with Wand administered novocaine. This combination, along with headphones to drown out the noise of the drill, can make the modern dental experience comfortable.
LEVEL FOUR: At this level we add a Diazepam pill that you take 90 minutes prior to your appointment time to the regimen described in Level Three above. You will need someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment. Diazepam is the generic form of Valium. A 10mg pill will make you feel fairly giddy, especially when combined with the nitrous oxide. Arrangements must be made prior to the appointment, as we do not keep Diazepam in the office. It will be necessary for you to fill a prescription at the drugstore.
LEVEL FIVE: At this level we use conscious sedation. The popularity of this level is increasing dramatically. It is ideal for the individual who has a lot of dental work to do and would like it done in one or two appointments. You simply take a pill and snooze through the procedure. Your pulse, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure are continuously monitored throughout the appointment. You must have made prior arrangements to use conscious sedation. You must have a driver. You should not drive a car for 24 hours after this appointment. The fee for conscious sedation is $300.00.
LEVEL SIX: At this level we use IV anesthesia that puts you under. The appointment is done at the oral surgeon’s office. Your pulse, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure are continuously monitored throughout the appointment. You must have a driver. Prior arrangements must have been made for this level. You should not drive a car for 24 hours after this appointment. The fee for IV anesthesia varies with the length of the appointment, but it averages around $500.00.