For patients with strong anxiety or dental phobia, Sedation Dental Center can give medication intravenously, rendering the patient unconscious. The patient falls asleep and does not remember any part of the procedure. This form of sedation is delivered through an IV, and can be tailored to the patients specific needs.
Prior to your anesthesia, the anesthesia provider will review your medical history, any labs, tests, or EKG that may be necessary. You will have plenty of time to ask questions and discuss the type of anesthesia being given. Patients should be cautious when searching out sedation dentistry. Not all dentists have equal training in anesthesiology. Most sedation dentists have received a 2 week long training course after dental school. In this 2 week course they treat 20 patients to received their IV sedation certification. Our anesthesiologists at Sedation Dental Center of San Diego have gone through an extensive 2 year residency where they have treated thousands of patients under general anesthesia. Dr. Delisle is Board certified by the American Board of Dental Anesthesiology, and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
After the dental appointment is over, the patient will recover in the dental operatory with vital signs monitors and staff by their side. When the patient is alert enough to be discharged and all discharge criteria have been met, the patient will be sent home.