Comfort & Sedation
“We truly love and care about the well-being of all people. Our faith calls us to ‘love our neighbors as we love ourselves.’ This means we are committed to providing exceptional dental care focused on understanding each patient’s fears and meeting their needs.”
– Barrett Hall, DDS
Dentistry is our calling. Meeting the needs of our patients is our priority, and to that end, we provide everything from dental implants and sedation, to root canals and braces, dentures, fillings and everything in between.
We sincerely enjoy helping people on the road to dental health, and each of us will tell you there’s nothing quite like seeing the face of a patient light up with when their teeth are fixed and they’re no longer afraid to smile. That’s the reason we’re here – to make lots of bright, happy smiles!
We believe in comfort
We believe each patient deserves a comfortable, anxiety free experience during their visit to Oklahoma Family Dentistry. We understand “dental fear” is the number one roadblock in dentistry, and we know many patients have traumatic memories of dental experiences that may prevent them from seeing a dentist regularly and maintaining good oral health. For that reason, we place a heavy emphasis on comfort and sedation dentistry, so rather than dreading that next trip to the dentist, each patient actually looks forward to it! Click here to learn more about sedation dentistry.
Our approach to sedation dentistry
Sedation in our practice comes from our commitment to providing a comfortable, anxiety free experience for our patients. To help patients feel at ease while visiting the dentist, we offer a variety of sedation options. Dr. Hall is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), a group that is committed to helping doctors achieve maximum comfort for their patients of all ages through safe and effective sedation dentistry.
To assist you in making an informed sedation choice, you’ll find comprehensive information below. Details about what you need to do before a procedure involving sedation are here, and post-procedure instructions are here.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Sometimes known as laughing gas, this is an inhaled mixture of nitrous oxide and pure oxygen used to achieve mild sedation and relaxation. As a result, a patient remains aware throughout a procedure but is much less anxious. Nitrous oxide effects wear off quickly at the end of the procedure, allowing patients to leave the office in a normal state of mind. This form of sedation is also an effective and safe option for children.
A pill is used in oral sedation that shortly induces a deeply relaxed state while at the same time allowing a patient to remain conscious and responsive. Some patients may even sleep or have little memory of their treatment or procedure. During oral sedation we monitor patients to insure they are breathing properly and have adequate oxygenation of the blood. After the procedure, a patient cannot drive for the rest of the day and needs to be escorted by a caregiver.
IV sedation is very controlled. Sedative drugs are delivered with an intravenous drip directly into the bloodstream. Because IV sedation is so easily controlled it can be quickly adjusted to a patient’s body type, tolerance levels and desired sedation depth. This type of sedation produces deep sedation and relaxation.
Although patients remain responsive throughout a procedure, they will have very little, if any, memory of the experience. The IV procedure itself along with the drugs that are utilized, are very safe. Throughout a procedure, a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen level, breathing and heart electrical activity (EKG) are monitored as part of our safe standard of care.
Post-procedure, a patient recovers quickly and leaves our office with very little, if any, awareness of the procedure. For the remainder of the day, a patient is restricted to limited activities, should not drive, and will need to be escorted by a caregiver.