We know how you feel. Fearing or loathing dental visits. That’s why we’ve done everything we can to create a dentistry that takes that out of the equation.
We want to make you as comfortable as possible. In fact, many of our patients feel that when their procedure is done, they are in disbelief that it’s already over!
As pleasant as possible.
We will help you get through the fear and anxiety, with maximum comfort.
It’s going to be okay.
We’ll help you through the fear.
We have extra training to help even the worst phobics get through their visit. It might sound foreign to you, but you will probably even enjoy your visit. That’s our goal – when you leave, we want you to be a raving fan!
Certified in conscious sedation.
You won’t remember the treatment.
With conscious sedation, you’re for the most part asleep – but still awake and responsive. This helps to control anxiety, and also has the fortunate side-effect of selective amnesia; Even though you’re awake and responsive, you won’t remember much of it!
Extremely comfortable chairs.
We didn’t skimp.
One of the best features in our office remodel was to get the best chairs possible for comfort. As you’re going to be in any cleaning or procedure for a while, we want you to be as physically comfortable as possible. This greatly reduces stress!
Dr. Vane is Certified in D.O.C.S. Deep Sedation
Sometimes referred to as “comfortable” or “relaxation” dentistry, these terms describe the feelings most patients experience during their oral sedation appointments. The purpose of oral sedation is to allow a dentist to work more effectively by helping a patient become as comfortable as possible with the use of sedative medications administered orally and sublingually.
Appropriately-trained dentists can use a variety of protocols customized to a patient’s physiological and pharmacological needs. A number of oral agents developed especially for these purposes, subjected to rigorous research and testing are safe and have been used for decades. Those in the benzodiazepine class, such as triazolam and diazepam, have “amnesic” properties, meaning that patients remember little to nothing of their time in the dental chair by the next day.
Other medications sometimes used in sedation protocols include antihistamines, like hydroxyzine, and insomnia medications, like zaleplon, which aid in relaxing and calming a patient. Advanced certification through the D.O.C.S. Institute is required for the administration of such drugs safely within the dental office setting.
Dr. Vane is a D.O.C.S. certified dentist, having spend dozens of hours of specialized medical training in sedation dentistry, and in the psychological management of high fear patients.
The term “sleep dentistry” is inappropriate. Patients are never meant to sleep through their appointments and should always be able to verbally and physically respond to cues from the doctor or team. This makes “conscious sedation” a very safe and predictable procedure for the anxious patient.
Which patients benefit the most from sedation?
Oral sedation dentistry can benefit a wide range of patients, including people with:
- High dental anxiety and fear
- A severe gag reflex
- Time constraints—those who need to get more dentistry done in fewer visits
- Chronic or acute jaw soreness
- Physical limitations such as back and neck problems
- Difficulty getting numb
- A reluctance to previously complete treatment plans
- Extensive treatment needs
- A desire to have dentistry done comfortably while they are fully relaxed