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Dr. Crosland offers personalized sedation options for the patient's best care. He and his staff recognize that every patient needs to have individualized patient care. What works for one individual will not necessarily work for another. It is not atypical for an individual to have had a bad experience in a dental office at some point during their lifetime. Some individuals will avoid going to a dentist entirely because of being afraid that a similar situation may arise again. Unfortunately, much too often this neglect of care creates a situation to the detriment of the patient's oral health and sometimes even general health. Recognizing this, Dr. Crosland and his staff keep up to date with regular certification for the use of sedation for the patient who has that special need.
Nitrous Oxide is a gas that can be administered through a nasal mask at different percentages according to the patient's need. It creates a light sedation, and it can be administered by the dental hygienist. Sometimes, that is all anyone needs to alleviate their anxieties.
Oral Sedation is the use of medications that can be taken orally. Dr. Crosland can prescribe a medication for the patient that typically will create a greater sedative affect than that of Nitrous Oxide. He always monitors the patient for vital signs before, during, and after the appointment. This type of sedation is typically used by patients who are anxious about a procedure, but are only looking for a light sedation to help diminish some minor anxieties.
IV Conscious Sedation
IV Conscious Sedation is administered intravenously as its name implies. Dr. Crosland typically uses this sedation for those individuals who wish to be in a more sedated state during their periodontal care. Quite often, the medications used will create some amnesia of the procedure. Dr. Crosland is required to take continuing education annually in order to be certified by the State to administer this type of anesthesia.
As noted above, sedation is not necessarily for everyone, but it does allow Dr. Crosland and his staff the ability to tailor the patient's care for the easiest and best outcome under relaxed conditions.