Treating Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety, dental fear or dental phobia should not prevent you from getting the treatment that you need.
The first step is to make an appointment for a consultation. Not only will Dr. Gallez, Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Poulos assess your dental need, they will also discuss with you the different sedation modalities available that fit your need and your medical status.
- Nitrous Oxide sedation (laughing gas): You breathe a mixture of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen through a nasal hood during the procedure.
- Oral sedation: You arrive at the office 1 hour before the procedure, we check your vital signs and give you an oral sedative (a pill). It usually takes 30 to 45 min before you feel the effect. You need someone driving you back home after.
- IV conscious sedation: We start an IV and titrate (add) some medicine that will create drowsiness, amnesia, euphoria and pain control. You will still be conscious, yet will likely not remember the procedure and have a “positive experience”. You need someone to drive you back home after.
- General anesthesia: We work with experienced Anesthesiologists who come to our office and “put the patient to sleep”. Typically, you will be intubated, meaning that they will put a breathing tube to secure your airway and connect you to their anesthesia cart.
Dr Gallez is trained and licensed to provide Nitrous Oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation. He is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.
Dr Gallez is certified in CPR (CardioPulmonary Resuscitation) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support).
Dr Gallez uses the following monitoring during moderate sedation:
- Automatic Blood Pressure
- Pulse oximeter SpO2 (to monitor your hemoglobin O2 saturation)
- Pre-tracheal stethoscope (to monitor your ventilation)
- Side-stream sampling capnography (to monitor your ventilation and CO2 level)