Sedation Dentist – Sleep Dentist who Sedates for Dental Work?

Full Sedation Dentist in Burtonsville Silver Spring who uses twilight and IV Sedatives for Sleep Dentistry

Our sedation dentistry practice specializes in the seeing patients who cannot tolerate dental appointments without the use of sedative drugs. Maryland Holistic Dentist (MHD) is located in Burtonsville near Silver Spring and Columbia in the Maryland DC metro area. Dr Adams, our sedative dentist, can even do dental X-rays and regular cleanings under twilight or full sedation if necessary. Many patients have fear of the dentist and cannot tolerate dental work without sedation or getting put to sleep. If pills and laughing gas have not worked for you. If you gag a lot, have severe tooth sensitivity and/or trouble getting numb, we invite you to come in for a complimentary sleep dentistry consultation to see what we can do for you today.

sedation dentistDr Gary Adams DDS enjoys practicing sedation dentistry. “It’s amazing how well people with severe dental anxiety do…most say they do not remember a thing…years of neglect was erased in one easy appointment.”

People travel from all over the DC and Baltimore metro areas. We also have patients who travel from across the US and abroad. Most people seek Dr. Adams out because of his unique ability to handle a large range of dental problems including,  dental implants, TMJ and sleep-sedation dentistry.

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sleep dentistDr Adams, our dental anesthesiologist, is a sedation specialist who sedates for routine and complex dental procedures. You can get put to sleep for even a simple tooth filling if need be? Dental IV sedation for a Dental Cleaning? Sure, if sedation dental care is what it takes for you to be calm during a dental appointment. We offer different sedative dentistry techniques including full intravenous sedation, twilight and conscious oral sedation. Finding a dentist who sedates can be difficult for routine dental work. Most dentists that sedate are oral surgeons who are using dental sedative techniques for oral and maxillofacial surgeon services.  What separates our sedation dental office from others is that our sedation specialist is one who sedates for routine and complex dental work when necessary for the patient to remain calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. If you are confused about what level of sedation is best for you, schedule a sedation consultation and we can determine what sedative treatment is best for you.

Who is the Best Sedation Dentist? Maryland Holistic Dentist has been offering Sedation Dentistry options for 10+ Years

Patients who are comfortable and not nervous, have less pain, less swelling, and heal and detoxify faster.

Benefits of Sedative Dentistry:sedative dentist

  1. Severe Dental Anxiety
  2. Bad Gag reflex
  3. Special Needs
  4. Lots of dental work needs to be done
  5. Complex Dental Work
  6. difficulty getting numb
  7. phobia to dental sounds and smells
  8. Teeth Sensitivity

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

When people are fearful of dentist appointments, they experience higher cortisol and adrenaline levels. These hormonal increases cause elevated heart rate, blood pressure and a general flight or flight response. These systemic challenges can increase the chances of someone having a dental emergency such as a heart attack, stroke, asthma attack, allergic reaction and many other medical problems. Also a patient who is more comfortable, as in sedation dental care, is easier for the dentist to work on and there is decreased risk for someone to get cut or hurt during a dental procedure. It is also easier for a dentist to do high quality work with a calm, still and cooperative patient.

In Reality, Sedative Dentistry is likely more safe than dentistry without Sedative Drugs. 

Can Any Dentist offer Sedation at the Dentist?

No. Sedation is something that requires special training above being a dentist. To offer sedation, the dentist needs to be certified by the Maryland Board for Sedation. There are different levels of sedation including mild, moderate, deep sedation and general anesthesia. Forms of mild anesthesia include laughing gas or a single oral dose of something such as valium. Most Dentists can easily get training for mild sedation. All other levels are normally done with intravenous dental sedatives and require rigorous training in the areas of medicine, anesthesiology, emergency training and IV sedative drug management.

 

What procedures can be done under full general sedation dentistry?

Sedative Drugs that can put you to sleep at the dentist

  • Midazolam
  • Fentenyl
  • Triazolam
  • Diazepam
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Oxygen

And many others.

Pros of Sedation Dentistry:

  • Many dental procedures Can be done comfortably in one appointment
  • Reduced Pain after dental procedure. Dental procedures are fast, smooth and less stress, there is less swelling and pain
  • You can Sleep Through the sounds, smells of the dental office
  • No Gagging. Sleep dentistry suppresses your gagging
  • Sedation at the dentist will change your life and attitude to being positive about going to the dentist office.
  • You will not be embarassed, you will not remember anything

Questions about being put to sleep and treated by a dentist who sedates:

Is Dentists Sedation Safe?

The sedated procedure is operated with state-of-the-art procedures, instruments and sedative drugs appropriate for sedation in the dental office. IV sedative drugs can make treatments not just tolerable, but also comfortable and enjoyable. Patients of all ages feel no discomfort whatsoever during and after treatment.

During your procedure, your vital signs are monitored very closely. We have two board certified sedative dentists in the office for your safety. IV sedation is the method of choice in our office due to it’s high level of effectiveness and safety. IV anesthesia can be delivered precisely, quickly and accurately through an IV.

The Sedative medicines can also be reversed immediately with the use of other reversal medications at any time. The ability to easily “reverse” sedative drugs is what makes IV sedation so much safer and more precise than oral sedation. It is a lot more difficult to reverse the effects of an oral medication too.

Reversal Drugs used for Dental Sedatives:

  • Flumazenil Reverses drugs such as Valium, Triazolam, and other benzodiazepines
  • Narcan Reverses Narcotic Drugs including fentanyl

The sedation staff at Maryland Holistic Dentist are also ACLS certified and can handle sedation emergencies.

Can Mercury Fillings be Removed Safely during Sedation?

holistic sedation dentistAny holistic dentist procedure can be performed under Sedation including removal of amalgam mercury fillings. It is best to keep the patient Calm and Comfortable throughout the procedure when removing infections and toxins from the mouth.

During stress and anxiety hormones such as cortisol are released, causing someone to fight the procedure rather healing and detoxification.

IV Sedatives allow a procedure to go quickly, smoothly, with less stress. Patients who are sedated for dentistry report quicker healing times, reduced pain and swelling. Sedation is not only helpful for long holistic dental procedures, but encouraged and recommended.

Candidates For Dental Sedatives:

  • high dental, fear, phobia or anxiety
  • prior bad, traumatic dental experiences
  • difficulty getting numb
  • bad gag reflexes
  • very sensitive teeth
  • complicated dental issues that require longer appointments
  • have a fear of needles and shots
  • can’t tolerate the noises, smells and tastes in a dental office
  • are embarrassed about their teeth.

Will I be relaxed?

You will receive just the right amount of sedatives so that you’ll be completely unaware of the treatment, as if you were asleep. Some patients feel like they were put to sleep.

Will I remember anything after sleep dentistry?

At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of your visit.

Will I be tired and groggy after sedative dentistry

Yes, but you will feel just fine. For your safety, we do require that you have a family member or friend drive you home. You should also not make any big decisions or legal decisions for 24 hours after the procedure.

Who is the ideal candidate for Sleep Dentistry?

It’s a fact of life that some people are afraid of going to the dentist. We know—and we understand. But it’s also the case that skipping those regular visits to the dentist can cause far greater tooth problems later on. For such patients, sleep dentistry is often a great option. In the past, sedation was only available for oral surgery, but in our office it is available for all procedures.

Sedative drugs aren’t just for people who are ‘afraid’ of the dentist, however. Many of our patients are busy professionals and parents. Sedation is an increasingly popular option for people who need work done, but who don’t want to chop up their busy schedules to get done large amounts of overdue dental treatment.

Sleep dentists say they are able to get four times as much work done for patients who are comfortable sedated, and in half the time.  Sedation is ideal for patients who have extensive dental needs where several dental procedures normally requiring several dental appointments can be done in one appointment.  Sedation is also great for severe Dental Fear and Anxiety, patients with strong gag reflexes and people who have difficulty getting numb.

Can any Dentist use Sedative Drugs?

No. In the state of Maryland, as in most states, Sedation Dentists must meet stringent criteria mandated by the State’s Board of Dental Examiners. Most Dentists Certified for IV Sedation Dentistry are Oral Surgeons.

Dentists who wish to do dental work using sedative drugs, must first pass a special residency program in which they work closely with dental anesthesiologists. The dentist must also pass a rigorous oral exam and inspection of his/her office for IV sedation.

Does dental insurance pay for Dentist Sedation?

Not the Sedation Normally. Insurance will cover Dental Procedures under sedation the same as if the patient were not sedated.

Our patients sometimes find that the time saved in coming to our office once, instead of coming for multiple visits, makes the extra cost worth it.

Oral Sedation versus Full Sedation Dentistry with IV

Oral sedation is great for patients who need a lower dose of sedation. Typically, patients who take oral sedatives will become drowsy, but will stay awake. Your dentist may give you twilight medication to take about an hour before the procedure.

IV sedation is much quicker, as it is administered through a vein. This allows the sedative dentist to more completely control the level of anesthesia. The effects of IV drugs can also be quickly and easily reversed.

Patients who choose IV anesthesiology at the dentist also typically receive the same local anesthetic they would receive otherwise. Our patients report that being sedated can make a three-hour procedure seem as if it took just five minutes. Most patients will not remember the procedure.  With either type of IV sedative technique, we do ask that patients receive a ride to and from their appointment.

Is getting put to sleep at the Dentist Painful?

No. You will be sedated and you will likely remember very little of the experience.

Maryland holistic dentist is one of just a few full sedation dentists in Maryland.

Still searching, sedative dentist near me? We are happy to be your local sedation dentist.

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