A Q&A with HDA’s Board-Certified Anesthesiologist
We get it: not everyone loves the dentist.
But, fear and anxiety should not be a roadblock to the dental care that is vital to your health and well-being.
At Harris Dental Arts, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Our board-certified anesthesiologist, David Adamski, D.O., has answers to a few common questions about this simple and relaxing way to experience dentistry:
Who should try sedation dentistry?
“Sedation during a dental procedure is a great way to make a visit to the dentist much more comfortable. Anyone looking to increase their comfort level during a dental procedure should consider sedation. It is especially comforting for those who have a phobia of the dentist, or even for people who have mild to moderate anxiety about going to the dentist. It can even help those with a strong gag reflex let their muscles relax during a dental exam or cleaning.”
How does sedation dentistry help someone with anxiety?
“Sedation decreases, and ultimately eliminates, anxiety during a dental procedure, because the patient will either be moderately sedated or completely asleep during the procedure.”
How safe is sedation dentistry?
“In-office sedation dentistry done by an anesthesiologist follows the safety recommendations of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. This means that the same monitoring equipment that is used during general anesthesia in a hospital operating room is used at Harris Dental Arts during sedation. This is an important distinction about Dr. Kim’s office – not all dentists bring someone in to supervise sedation, and that can be risky. Dr. Kim does it the right way.
“Statistically speaking, driving in a car is more dangerous than having sedation during a dental procedure when done by a board-certified anesthesiologist like myself. I’m the director of Office-Based Anesthesia and the associate chairman of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Associates in Anesthesia (AIA), Inc. I’m also director of the Pre-Procedure Evaluation centers at Crozer Chester Medical Center, Taylor Hospital and Springfield Hospital.”
What types of dental procedures can I have under anesthesia?
“Sedation can be used during any dental procedure, ranging from a simple deep cleaning to a filling placement or root canal. Sedation can also be used for more complex and invasive dental procedures, like the placement of multiple implants. If it is beneficial and desired by the patient, then sedation can be done for any procedure.”
Thanks for putting our minds — and mouths — at ease, Dr. Adamski! If you are afraid to go the dentist, struggle to sit still for long periods of time, or simply want a more relaxing dental experience, sedation might be the solution. Contact our practice to schedule a consultation find out which sedation dentistry method is right for you.
For more information, visit: http://harrisdentalarts.com/dentistry-services/sedation-dentistry/