Dr. Alfano and the entire staff at Balboa Island Dentistry have received extensive special training in dental conscious sedation. Only 1% of the dentists in the country have been qualified to administer conscious sedation dentistry and patients come from all over Orange County and Southern California to be treated using this comfortable, safe and effective technique.
Sedation dentistry uses medicine such as Triazolam to help fearful patients relax and become comfortable while undergoing dental procedures. A small pill is taken one hour before you visit Dr. Stephen G. Alfano’s office. Triazolam is prescribed over ten million times per year for patients to use at home. The drug has almost no side effects or interaction with other medications. The effects last between two and four hours. When undergoing sedation dentistry, patients are required to have a friend or family member drive them to and from Dr. Alfano’s office.
Most patients fall asleep while under the effects of the sedation medication but are still able to respond to verbal requests. The patient is monitored with a pulse oximeter that measures heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation during the entire appointment.
Dental sedation enables patients who fear the dentist to be comfortable during any dental procedure, from a simple cleaning to more extensive treatment. It has an “amnesia quality,” so most patients have no memory of the procedure. It also enhances the effectiveness of any anesthesia administered. By using sedation dentistry, patients may also be able to sustain more procedures in a single visit and therefore require fewer visits overall. New techniques are making sedation dentistry safer and easier than ever. We often see patients who have put off going to the dentist for years now able to rest comfortably and have all their dental needs tended to.
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