Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry & General
Many patients can benefit from the dental services that can be performed with sedation and general anesthesia.
Autism or Other Special Needs (Asperger’s Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Alzheimer’s, Wheelchair-Confinement, Down Syndrome)
Our sedation dentistry practice is a solution for patients with physical or mental challenges, and for individuals emotionally uncomfortable in the traditional dental office setting. Dental anesthesia services can provide a way to accomplish complete dental care with a more pleasant experience.
Cardiac and Diabetic Needs
In our state-of-the-art office facility we can monitor your blood pressure and monitor your heart rate via EKG to help ensure your safety during your dental procedures. We can also administer intravenous antibiotics for those who have had heart surgery, such as valve replacements. You may also want to visit How is the dental anesthesia monitored? section to learn more about what else we do to keep your safety in mind.
Patients with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, seizures and other neuromuscular disorders can also benefit from these services.
Patients dealing with cancer have enough to worry about without the added stress of dental care. Treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy often call for dental care that not all dentists are willing or qualified to perform. When you need a dentist who understands the complexities of cancer treatment, you can turn to Dr. Lee Lichtenstein and his staff.
Fear, Anxiety and Phobias
Sedation dentistry is a great alternative for those who suffer from fear, anxiety and phobias stemming from dental appointments. According to American Dental Association surveys, more than 10% of Americans are so highly nervous and anxious about dental treatment that they totally avoid the dentist! Another 20% find treatment so uncomfortable that they are unable to follow through with treatment. In fact, nearly half of the people in the US still avoid dental care because of their fears, anxiety and phobias. With sedation dentistry, modern, safe general anesthesia techniques allow the fearful patient to have dental procedures done without the anxiety.
Low Pain Threshold
Many people perceive pain differently than others, or at a much smaller stimulus. Sometimes a dentist may have difficulty in obtaining the tooth “numbness” necessary to perform painless treatment. There are many different reasons for inadequate numbness with local anesthesia, but with general anesthesia and sedation dentistry techniques, patients will have their own personal perception of pain altered and will be virtually pain free during the dental treatment.
Active Gag Reflexes
Some patients will gag before the smallest X-ray film is even placed in their mouth, or before they have a simple impression taken. Using anesthesia techniques even for the simplest dental procedures can be performed and the problems caused by gagging can be eliminated.
Sedation dentistry is great for sophisticated procedures such as implant dentistry, or full mouth rehabilitation. Patients having extended procedures such as periodontal surgery and root canal therapy are also more comfortable when these dental procedures are done with our anesthesia services.
At Dr. Lichtenstein’s dental office we have worked with dental patients with different histories and backgrounds from NJ and elsewhere. The list of those who benefit from sedation dentistry continues to grow. As there are often many questions about the general anesthesia services we perform, we have compiled a list of questions and answers about our dental services for your convenience.
If you fit into any of the above categories, or have more questions about our sedation dentistry and dental anesthesia services, please call us in Holmdel, New Jersey today.