Sedation Dentistry…No Pain, All Gain!
Never avoid the dentist again!
Fear of the dentist is a natural, common phobia just like fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of small spaces, and the hundreds of other NATURAL fears that hundreds of millions of people are “wired for” around the world.
In other words, if you have a fear of seeing the dentist YOU’RE NOT ALONE!!!
Millions of people suffer from Dental Phobia (Fear) just like YOU!
Never feel ashamed. It would be like being ashamed of having freckles or brown hair. It’s just something you’re born with and there is nothing wrong or deficient about it. Fortunately, Comfort Dental has the procedure you’re looking for. It’s called Sedation Dentistry and its 100% safe.
- Allows you to be treated comfortably and painlessly in a relaxed and worry-free fashion
- Allows you to complete several visits worth of dentistry in one appointment
One of the biggest reasons patients choose Sedation Dentistry is because they experience discomfort during dental visits (despite proper anesthesia.) You may have been told (by your previous dentist) that you are imagining the pain at Comfort Dental we don’t believe in this philosophy! If our patients feel any discomfort we either stop the procedure or recommend Sedation. We refuse to provide dental service when our patients feel any discomfort whatsoever.
While there are a number of sedation techniques, the most common is called Oral Conscious Sedation. Incorporating medications and relaxing nitrous oxide, we are able to help you feel sedated and comfortable without administering general anesthesia (a costly procedure). With Oral Conscious Sedation, a sleep-like effect is produced, leaving you with little to no memory of your treatment. This is one of the safest and easiest approaches for 99% of all fearful patients.
The Comfort Dental team is highly trained in monitoring your well-being and oral sedation. It is one of the safest techniques in medicine. Oral Sedation allows us to guide our patients back to a regimen of good dental health.
Additional benefits of Sedation are:
- Decreased gag reflexes
- Achieves more procedures in fewer visits
- Eliminates the “dental sounds”
- Makes it easier to keep your mouth open for longer periods of time
Sedation dentistry should NOT be chosen for patients who have:
- Acute or chronic TMJ problems
- Medical complications
- Uncontrolled cardiovascular problems or other systemic diseases
- Previous bad experiences with tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, or other antipsychotic medications
Q & A
Q: With Sedation Dentistry, will I feel pain during my appointment?
A: We will not perform any procedure on you if you feel any discomfort. Our patients are surprised to discover how easy it is to receive dental care with Sedation.
Q: Will I need someone with me at my appointment?
A: For your safety, we cannot treat you unless a friend or family member accompanies you before and after your appointment. Comfort Dental will care for you in every way during your visit, but cannot provide transportation to and from the office. You may be slightly groggy for a few hours after the visit.
Q: Will I remember anything about my appointment?
A: Most of our patients remember little to nothing about their visit
Q: Will I fall asleep during my visit?
A: The best part of Oral Sedation is that you are fully functional and responsive during the procedure, although you receive enough sedative that you will be unaware of the treatment being done (just as though you were asleep.)
Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation
If normal Sedation Dentistry is still NOT enough to ease your mind, Comfort Dental also offers I.V. Sedation. I.V. Sedation produces a deeper level of sedation, where the patient experiences a soothing and relaxed, unaware state of consciousness. I.V. Sedation has an amnesic effect so that the patient does NOT remember the treatment experience. Although deeply sedated, the patient breathes normally on their own and can respond to verbal commands by our doctors.
Is Office Anesthesia Safe?
Today, anesthesia care is safer than it has ever been, due to improvements in drugs, technology, anesthesia techniques, and provider education. The same standard of anesthesia care for hospitals and Ambulatory Care Facilities is met by Comfort Dental. The “Standards for Office Based Anesthesia Practice” adhered to by Comfort Dental were developed by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and adopted in 1999. They can be viewed at:
In addition, many states have adopted laws, regulations, or guidelines concerning office surgery and anesthesia practices as the demand for these services grows.
BEFORE ANESTHESIA: Your Active Role Makes a Difference
Anesthesia is a major part of surgery. During the procedure, anesthesia frees you from pain. All anesthesia care is provided with the highest degree of professionalism, including constant monitoring of every important body function. As changes occur in your reactions to anesthesia, the nurse anesthetist responds with modifications of the anesthetic to ensure your safety and comfort.
In addition to their role in the procedure itself, nurse anesthetists make many preparations for you before surgery. You can — and should — take an active role in these preparations by communicating and cooperating with your nurse anesthetist and your surgeon.
There are several kinds of anesthesia.
The anesthetic chosen for you is based on important factors:
- Your physical condition
- The nature of the surgery
- Your reactions to medications.
Frank and open discussion with your nurse anesthetist is key in the selection of the best anesthetic for you.
In particular, you must speak freely and follow instructions closely regarding your intake of medications, food, or beverages before anesthesia. This is vital since such substances can react negatively with anesthetic drugs and chemicals.
If you are to undergo anesthesia you will be instructed to call the anesthetist prior to the procedure to ensure that all safety guidelines are being met.
In addition, preparations should be made before ambulatory surgery for another adult to accompany you to the health care facility, drive you home, and monitor your recovery.
Speak frankly. Ask questions. Follow instructions. Provide your nurse anesthetist with a medical history. Notify your nurse anesthetist and doctor immediately of any change in your physical condition prior to surgery. Communication and cooperation are essential to the anesthesia process.
Comfort Dental is proud to work with the best sedation dental specialist in the Metro Detroit area. Why do we choose not to perform our own Sedation? It’s simple: we want you to be in the best and most capable care, from start to finish.
Sedation Dentistry may be the best solution for you, just as it has become the best solution for millions of other patients. To learn more about it, ask us about the ease of Sedation Dentistry and we’ll be happy to tell you more. Call Comfort Dental today at (248)646-2273.
Credentials: Nancy Beckman, CRNA (click here for more info)
Credentials: Nancy Beckman, CRNA
Ms. Beckman studied Nursing at Mercy College of Detroit, and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Ms. Beckman took a position in the Detroit Medical Center, where she worked as a staff Registered Nurse, nursing instructor and intensive care nurse.
In 1980 Ms Beckman sat for the American Nurses Association boards and was granted Certification in Medical – Surgical Nursing. She then pursued a career in anesthesia and received a Masters of Science in Anesthesia from Wayne State University in 1987, with board certification awarded the same year.
For the next decade Ms. Beckman excelled in her position as a staff CRNA in the areas of general surgery, thoracic, vascular, obstetrical, gynecological, pediatric, orthopedic and other sub specialties, including pain management.With opportunities opening in traveling anesthesia locum tenems, in Ms. Beckman worked to obtain her Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner title and license in Florida.
In 1991 she began what was to be a demanding and fast growing business, incorporating in 1995 as Precept Anesthesia Services. In addition to this business as a sole proprietor, Ms, Beckman is on staff many hospitals, clinics and offices, is eligible for licensing in all fifty United States, and in Southeastern Michigan is on staff at Harper University Hospital and Henry Ford Health systems.
Ms. Beckman is a dynamic professional in the field of nurse anesthesia. She currently serves the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists on the Peer Assistance Commitees. Ms. Beckman enjoys full clinical privileges at all hospitals where she practices. She is certified by the ANNA, ANA and AHA, and is licensed in both Michigan and Florida.
Providing intravenous sedation for dental patients, and for special need patients’ dentistry procedures became a primary practice for Ms. Beckman as more and more patients and dentists requested safe, predictable sedation. Ms. Beckman is in high demand for her services, and receives professional respect from dentists who have come to collaborate with her for almost twenty years.
RNC, CRNA, MS
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
CRNA’s: A Tradition of Quality Care
CRNA’s are anesthesia specialists who administer more than half of the 26 million anesthetics given to patients in the United States each year. Nurse anesthetists represent a long-standing commitment to high standards in a demanding field. They must have at least one year’s acute care experience prior to entering the Master’s Degree nurse anesthesia educational program. Moreover, mandatory continuing education is required for recertification, every two years.
Nurse anesthetists provide high quality anesthesia services combined with personal concern for the health and welfare of patients. They are happy to assist you and offer information about what to expect with your anesthesia.