Benefits of Having an On-Site Anesthesiologist
October 12, 2017
Fear or anxiety about going to the dentist’s office is quite common. Some people would rather suffer through a toothache than sit in a dentist’s chair. For those who avoid the dentist due to fear or anxiety, sedation dentistry is a great option to help child and adult patients calm down and relax in the dentist’s chair. Sedation is also a great way to help patients with disabilities for whom sitting still in a dental chair and cooperating with the dentist is a significant challenge.
What is anesthesia?
Anesthesia is a form of sedation dentistry that creates a temporary state of reduced awareness and feeling in a patient. A patient who has been administered anesthesia will not be aware of the dental procedures being performed on them and will not remember their trip to the dentist. The anesthesia blocks the brain from sending or receiving signals, meaning that the patient is unable to experience pain, anxiety, or any feeling at all during the sedation.
What benefits does an on-site anesthesiologist provide to a dental office?
In order for a dental office to provide sedation dentistry in the form of anesthesia, an anesthesiologist, or doctor specializing in delivering anesthesia, must be present. Anesthesiologists go through 8 years of school and 4 years of residency to earn the prestigious title. While under the effects of anesthesia, the anesthesiologist monitors the body’s vital functions and manages breathing. A patient cannot be awakened while under anesthesia until the effects of anesthesia wear off or are reversed with medication. Dansville Dental is one of the few dental offices in the area that have an on-site anesthesiologist, meaning we can do anything from a simple teeth cleaning to a complex surgery while a patient is relaxed with anesthesia.
If you or your child are interested in being administered anesthesia for your next visit, contact our office today. Our anesthesiologist will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry but don’t feel anesthesia is the right choice for you, take a look at the other forms of sedation dentistry we offer at Dansville Dental.