As a certified periodontal surgeon, laser dentist and dental implant specialist, J. Paul Fuentes, DDS, DABP, in Arcadia, California, strives to ensure his patients are comfortable both physically and emotionally. Going to the dentist, even for minor procedures, is harder for some people than it for others. This is why Dr. Fuentes offers a number of anesthesia and sedation options for patients.
Most procedures require at least a local anesthetic, generally delivered as an injection. Prior to using any needles, Dr. Fuentes or a qualified practitioner on his staff numb the tissue surface with a topical anesthetic solution or gel. The dental practice provides three forms of sedation:
Dr. Fuentes discusses the each one with you to determine what best suits your needs.
IV sedation, or sedation delivered intravenously, is a practical choice for people who suffer from anxiety about their upcoming procedure. A qualified practitioner working alongside Dr. Fuentes uses an IV catheter to introduce a sedating medication such as Demerol to your vein. You remain conscious but feel relaxed and a little bit dazed. After the procedure is done, you may remember very little about it.
When is oral sedation used?
Oral sedation is designed to provide relaxation. Unlike the IV service, there’s no floaty feeling or loss of memory. It just helps calms you down, so you feel less apprehensive while in the dentist’s office. The medication is delivered via a pill, capsule, or liquid that you ingest a few minutes prior to the start of your procedure.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, gets the nickname because it tends to make patients feel light headed and giggly. The gas is delivered via a nose mask, and you breathe it in throughout your procedure. The use of laughing gas helps ease tension and the inhibitions some patients feel during their visit.
Dr. Fuentes and staff are fully trained to administer anesthetic and sedation medications safely. You’ll need to have someone with you during your appointment, though, since you can’t drive until the anesthetic and sedation medication wears off.
At Dr. Fuentes' office, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Fuentes and his team have made me feel comfortable, and supported. Which is saying a lot for someone who is dental-phobic! "
"I got my work done by Dr. Fuentes about 10 years ago, and to this day I still get compliments on his work. He is very knowledgeable at what he does."
"Dr. Fuentes and his staff are kind, gentle, informative, thorough, and all around outstanding I HIGHLY recommend them! Thank you Dr. Fuentes."