ORAL and LOCALIZED SEDATION
Most patients are familiar with basic sedation. Typically, patients with mild anxiety are offered some combination of oral sedatives, nitrous oxide, and a local anesthesia (like novacaine). The local anesthesia numbs a particular area of the mouth, while the other methods induce a mild calming sensation.
Many dentists are only able to offer this level of sedation. For our patients with more severe difficulty, we offer IV sedation and general anesthesia.
INTRAVENOUS (IV) SEDATION
Intravenous (IV) sedation provides a fast-acting sedative through a vein in your arm. While you won’t remember the procedure afterward, you do remain awake and able to respond to commands. IV sedation is typically used during wisdom teeth extraction or while receiving a dental implant. Patients with higher levels of anxiety may opt for IV sedation to mitigate the stress response of a dental visit.
General anesthesia provides a completely unconscious experience for the patient. Some patients, due to medical or developmental issues, cannot tolerate any conscious dental work. When we use general anesthesia on our patients, we include a board-certified medical anesthesiologist for the duration of your treatment. You’ll sleep through the entire procedure, and wake up infection-free, with a brand new smile.
We partner with the very best to provide you with exceptional care. Scroll down to meet our medical anesthesiologist, our experienced nurse, and our contracted dental laboratory.
Board Certified Medical Anesthesiologist:
Dr. Tim Smith
I’ve been working with Dr. Toal for over twenty years. I provide anesthesia care, she provides dental care. We serve a wide range of patients. These are patients that might be dental-phobics, or for whatever reason they haven’t been to the dentist for ten to twenty years. They have multiple dental problems that require extensive work. Or we might have patients with very extensive medical histories that aren’t able to receive care in a traditional dental office.
Level One Trauma Registered Nurse:
Nurse Bits Schaedel
I’ve been a nurse for 38 years. What makes Dr. Toal’s office unique is her diverse patient population. Our patients range from dental phobics to those with extreme medical disabilities—they don’t have the ability to lay in a chair, or they can’t tolerate the duration that a restorative dental session would take. The exciting thing is when they come back for repeat visits—you can see the trust they’ve developed in Dr. Toal because she does what she says she’s going to do.
Exceptional Dental Fittings:
Lafayette Dental Laboratory
I’m Sean Marchal, the owner of Lafayette Dental Lab. We’ve been working with Dr. Maureen Toal for over eight years. We focus on complex restorative cases. Because most of Dr. Toal’s patients are under some form of anesthesia, she requires that all of our work be done to the highest level. At Lafayette Dental Lab, we spend a lot of time training our technicians and providing continuing education. We also work under high powered microscopes so that the fit and finish of all of our products is to the highest level that Dr. Toal requires.
When you come in, you don’t have to worry about anything. Everyone here makes you feel comfortable. They’re very compassionate, and very detailed in everything that they’re going to do. You know ahead of time what you’re going to go through when you see Dr. Toal. Whether it’s just a cleaning, like I have, or being fully sedated, like when I bring Maggie. It’s total, complete, comprehensive care.
Patient, and Mother of a Medically Compromised Patient
You did a great job treating her. The care, the compassion you gave her. And having the anesthesiologist there, I didn’t have to worry about anything while I was in the waiting room. The aftercare, too, with the nurse monitoring her—it was a great experience.
Mother of a Special Needs Patient