Anxious & Fearful Patients
Most people are anxious to some degree by the prospect of visiting the dentist. Some statistics show that as many as one in seven people suffer from this anxiety.
In the past, fearful and apprehensive patients who needed to go to sleep for their dentistry had to have their procedures performed in a hospital setting where an anesthesiologist and the proper facilities were available. We have general anesthesia permits from the State of Florida attesting that our training and office facilities meet State requirements for the administration of General Anesthesia.
How Does it Work?
Anesthesia is administered by a combination of a breathing mask and medications. As we give more medication, the patient goes through different states of relaxation. The patient can choose to only have nitrous oxide (commonly called laughing gas) for a very relaxed state. However, the patient is still awake and aware of his surroundings. As we give medications, the patient becomes more relaxed where he may think he is sleeping but actually does not remember being awake. As we give more medication, the patient gently slips into a state of general anesthesia where he is completely asleep and totally unaware of his surroundings.