Dr. Toscano has been trained and certified to administer IV sedation and after an extensive review of our office by Pennsylvania State examiners, is licensed to perform sedation for our patients.
It is common and perfectly normal to have some degree of apprehension or anxiety prior to receiving dental treatment. Some people, however, have stronger feeling in this regard than others. Whatever the cause, apprehension or anxiety, can produce many unpleasant effects including heart palpitations, high blood pressure, upset stomach, and trouble sleeping the night before the appointment. Many highly apprehensive patients avoid dental care for many years until their problems become so severe that they are forced to seek emergency care.
Sedation can make practically all dental and oral surgical procedures more pleasant and safer for the apprehensive patient. During the procedure, the anxiety that many people have can be controlled by administering sedative medications such as versed and fentanyl. A sedated patient will not only be more relaxed but may also have limited memory of the procedure performed. Local anesthesia is also administered to block the pain sensations during the procedure and to keep the mouth numb during recovery.
How Medication Is Administered
Sedative medications can be administered through a breathing device (nitrous oxide - laughing gas), orally (in liquid or pill form) or intravenously (IV). Nitrous oxide is the most common agent used to treat apprehensive patients and can be used either by itself or in combination with other medications. Oral medication allows the patient to take a sedative the night before for a restful night's sleep and eliminates the need for an IV. However, oral medication takes time to work and has limits on how sedated you can safely become. Medication given intravenously (IV) has its effect rapidly so your dentist can give the precise amount needed for your level of anxiety. In addition, if more medication is needed during the procedure, the IV allows easy administration of additional medications.
The use of sedation in dentistry has a commendable record of safety. This is due to the advanced training Dr. Toscano has received and his commitment to your overall health. It is important to advise us of all medications that you take as well as any changes in your health since your last visit.
How Will I Be Monitored?
To ensure your safety, a sophisticated monitor will be used during your procedure . We will monitor blood pressure, oxygen concentration in your blood, CO2 concentration, and EKG for heart rhythm. In addition to the monitoring procedures, your doctor along with his trained staff will always be with you and will be observing you closely during your treatment.
Jenkintown Periodontics & Dental Implants, LLC
Dental Implants, Cosmetic and Laser Periodontics • 261 Old York Road • Suite 319 • Jenkintown, PA 19046 • Phone: (215) 887-6060
Convenient to Philadelphia, Abington, Willow Grove, Elkins Park, Cheltenham, Horsham, Warminster, and Hatboro