IV Sedation for YOUR Dental Office
How Does It work?
Dr. Salatino will come to your office with all required emergency and sedation equipment as required by the California Dental Board to provide IV conscious sedation to a patient(s) that you feel may need sedation assistance to provide the necessary dental care. Please contact Dr. Salatino as soon as possible to decide a day and time for the procedure and sedation.
A patient’s need for sedation may range from dental anxiety, fear, extreme phobia and may even be desired for longer cases that would help the patient be more comfortable. Dr. Salatino has worked with general practice offices as well as specialists such as endodontists to help provide care and assistance to doctors and patients in need.
What Dental procedures are good for IV Sedation?
Most dental procedures can be accompanied with IV conscious sedation including but not limited to; restorative treatment, crowns, bridge, implants, extractions, scaling and root planning, full mouth rehabilitation.
What Patients are good for IV Sedation?
- At least 12 years of age
- Able to tolerate placement of an intravenous line (IV)
- ASA I, ASA II, and some ASA III patients
What Dr. Salatino needs from your office:
- Patient medication list
- Documented Blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation (if possible to obtain)
- Patient’s Height, Weight, & Date of Birth
- Consents for Sedation signed by the patient (to be provided to you)
- Copy of the patient’s health history
What is Dental Sedation?
Dental Sedation is another term for “Conscious Sedation” which is some patients refer to as “being asleep” sedation. This is a type or form of sedation in which our patients are “conscious” and able to communicate to us throughout their dental procedures even though many people assume they will be “knocked out” or “asleep” throughout the procedure. The goal for the sedation appointment is to relieve our patient’s anxiety, fear, and discomfort while performing the standard dental care. Consciousness is extremely important to a sedation appointment and even though patients are not “asleep”, there are many patients who remember little to almost nothing of their dental appointment.
When Do Patients Need Sedation Dentistry?
Over 60% of Americans avoid necessary dental treatment because they are afraid of basic dental treatments such as cleanings, fillings, or crowns. Not surprisingly, surgical procedures such as extractions are extremely frightening to many patients and many people will put off treatment until teeth become so infected that hospital care is necessary. Sedation Dentistry allows patients to relax during ANY dental procedure whether it is a dental cleaning or removal of wisdom teeth.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Dental Sedation is extremely safe because all of our patients are “conscious”. Patients are able to breathe and communicate on their own while Dr. Salatino and her well trained staff monitor our patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen intake, and heart rhythms.
How Do Patient’s Get Sedated?
While there are many methods for delivering sedation medications the safest and most predictable method for delivering medications is via an intravenous line; also known as an IV. Medications can be given rapidly and as necessary via an IV while other forms of sedation such as Oral Sedation are less predictable, less effective, and extremely time consuming. Dr. Salatino has spent years of training in all forms of sedation and has found that the most effective, predictable, and safest form of Dental Sedation is through an IV.
Does Insurance Pay for Sedation Dentistry?
In some cases, Yes. There are many insurance carriers that participate in paying for IV Sedation Dentistry. Although there are some types of procedures that some insurance carriers may not participate in; Rockstar Family Dental is consistently trying to help our patients with their dental needs while working with insurance companies.
How Do I Know If I Am a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for Sedation Dentistry is to call our office and make an appointment for a FREE Sedation Dentistry Consultation. Although most people are candidates for Sedation Dentistry there are specific health and medical factors that need to be reviewed by Dr. Salatino prior to sedation in order to insure the safety of all of our patients.
1. Will I be asleep?
Most people assume that because they do not remember the dental treatment that they were “asleep” throughout the appointment. In reality, very few people “sleep” through the entire appointment but rather,they are so relaxed that they sleep through portions of the appointment but because the medication is designed to create memory loss, people assume they were asleep. Patients however, are considered conscious because they will respond if we call them by name, or ask them specific questions throughout the procedure like, “are you cold? Can we get you a blanket?”
2. Is Sedation Safe?
Yes. IV Conscious sedation is very safe because the patient is conscious and able to protect themselves with their normal protective reflexes such as the cough reflex. General Anesthesia is a form of deeper sedation which is primarily performed in hospitals and is associated with a greater risk of complications because the patient is not conscious.
3. I was asleep for my wisdom teeth removal, isn’t that the same thing?
Most people remember very little to nothing about their wisdom teeth being removed from an oral surgeon. The easy answer to this question is YES, both forms of sedation are very similar and yield the same results.
4. Can I drive myself home from my appointment?
No. The medications create memory loss and it is not safe to drive or go to work immediately after the appointment. Patients are encouraged to wait at least 24hrs before driving.
5. Will my insurance pay for sedation?
Some dental insurance will participate in paying for IV Conscious Sedation however;these payouts are usually associated with dentistry that involves surgery.
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