Dentistry While Asleep
Over 50% of the people in the U.S. don’t go to a dentist on a regular basis, the major reason is because they are absolutely frightened. We have heard it all, but the fact is you will eventually need a dentist someday. The longer you wait, the worse the condition gets and the more expensive it will be to fix what ails you.
The Smile and Implant Center has been performing “Dentistry While Asleep” for the past 12 years safely and comfortably. That is, anesthesia administered by a medical board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Jonathan Mendia. The Smile and Implant Center has a special suite fully equipped and State Board inspected and certified to comply with all the requirements necessary to perform dentistry under anesthesia. So while you snooze, your dental work is performed, completed and painless.
Most phases of dentistry including cosmetic makeovers and reconstruction, crowns and bridges, root canals, periodontics (gum treatment), cleanings and fillings can be performed while asleep. Dr. Jonathan Mendia is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Dental Anesthesia at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine, and he is certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). He is on the staff at The Smile and Implant Center and takes care of all the oral surgery including wisdom teeth under IV Sedation whenever requested.
So, if you fall into this category of the deathly fearful or are a busy business or corporate executive where time is often a major concern, having all your dentistry completed in one location and in one or two long sessions may be the answer. There is salvation!
Remember, dentistry is not expensive . . . neglect is.
For more information about Sedation Dentistry in New Jersey, please go to our sister site www.sedationnj.com
What is IV Sedation?
IV Sedation – A lot of dental offices use terms such as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight sleep” when talking about IV sedation. This is confusing, because it suggests that IV sedation involves being put to sleep. In reality, you remain conscious during IV sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.
However, you may not remember much about what went on because of two factors: firstly, in most people, IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. Secondly, the drugs used for IV sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were “asleep” during the procedure.
What is Oral Sedation? Oral Conscious sedation – “Very simply put……you take a pill or two……you get VERY relaxed……..and your dentistry can be performed in more psychological comfort than being fully “awake”. With this type of sedation there is a state of very deep relaxation. You can still speak and respond to the requests of others. This type of sedation medication used for Sedation Dentistry “Conscious Sedation” has an amnesic effect for some patients and they will remember virtually nothing about their dental appointment.
At The Smile and Implant Center, we are proud to offer our dental services to patients traveling from nearby neighborhoods and communities. For your convenience, we have provided driving directions to our office from the following locations.