Dr. Randall Hiers, LICENSED to provide sedation for Anxiety-Free Dentistry
Dr. Randall Hiers has trained though an intensive course at The Miami Valley Hospital, at Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and received additional training at Medical College of Georgia. All to optimize care for high-fear patients through the use of Sedation. Offering a choice of 3 Sedation options he ensures that you will be completely relaxed through the entire dental appointment with Sedation Dentistry.
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
- Have high levels of fear.
- Have had traumatic dental experiences
- Have difficulty getting numb.
- Have a bad gag reflex.
- Have very sensitive teeth.
- Have limited time to complete their dental care.
- Have complex dental problems.
- Hate needles and shots.
- Hate noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care.
- Are afraid and embarrassed about their teeth.
Option 1 Nitrous Oxide Sedation - Laughing Gas
Nitrous Oxide is one for the safest and the lightest forms of sedation available. It is non-allergenic and non-irritating. The gas also tends to reduce gag reflexes and saliva flow. You will feel totally relaxed during your treatment when sedated with nitrous oxide.
The Nitrous Oxide Sedation Procedure
A small mask will be placed over your nose and adjusted so that you are comfortable. At this time, you will be breathing 100% oxygen. The dentist will gradually introduce nitrous oxide. Once you feel completely relaxed, the procedure will begin. At the conclusion of the sedation dentistry treatment, you will once again receive 100% oxygen for 3-5 minutes. At the end of this time, you should feel absolutely back to normal.
Option 2 Conscious Oral Sedation
Oral Sedation (a pill taken by mouth) is safe convenient and economical. When administered by a qualified dentist such as our dentist, Oral Sedation can be more effective and deliver a deeper relaxation that other forms of sedation. When you come for your free initial consultation the dentist will review your medical history and will determine if oral sedation is the best sedation option for you.
The Oral Sedation Procedure
The procedure is simple. When you arrive for your treatment you will be given an oral sedative which will put you into a relaxed and comfortable state. You will be awake but very drowsy. The time you spend in the dentist chair will feel like minutes. Before you know it the procedure is over and you will have little recollection of the entire experience.
Option 3 IV Sedation
IV Sedation or "Intravenous Sedation" is administered through a drug directly into a vein. IV sedation is the most preferred and predictable method of sedation where deep sedation is desired. A profound state of relaxation and amnesia is achieved during IV sedation.
The IV Sedation Procedure
An extremely thin needle is inserted by our anesthesiologist into a vein close to the surface of the skin. The IV drip consists of an anti-anxiety medication which puts you into a state of deep relaxation. Time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much or perhaps even nothing at all of what happened.
A local anesthetic will also be administered in conjunction with this method of dental sedation. When you come for your free initial consultation, the dentist will review your medical history and will determine if IV sedation is the best sedation option for you.
Pulse Oximeter and Blood Pressure Monitoring
During all sedation appointments, the blood pressure and pulse are continually monitored on our patients. In addition, we monitor the oxygen saturation levels of the blood with a pulse oximeter that gently clips onto the finger.
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