Sedation Dentistry for Special Needs Patients
Dr. Michael Glasmeier has been practicing sedation dentistry since 2004 to help special needs patients at his Antioch, TN, practice. Whether a patient visits us for a checkup, dental crown, or more complex procedure, sedation dentistry is an option that can help provide a more comfortable experience. It can also allow your dentist to provide more efficient care. As a parent of two sons with special needs, Dr. Glasmeier has the firsthand experience and advanced training to help your loved one feel safe and calm under his care. During a consultation, Dr. Glasmeier will take time to learn about your loved one's needs and determine if sedation and other accommodations can help make his or her experience more comfortable and beneficial.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
We provide several types of sedation dentistry in order to accommodate a range of needs.
- Nitrous Oxide: Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is the lightest form of sedation and will immediately relax the patient before treatment. The patient achieves relaxation, but remains able to respond to questions or commands.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: Dr. Glasmeier will provide medication to be taken 30 minutes to an hour before your dental visit. It results in a state of near-sleep, and patients usually have no memory of treatment once the effects subside.
- IV Sedation: This option involves delivering an intravenous sedative that helps the patient achieve deep relaxation. The amount of sedation can be immediately adjusted to ensure the patient's comfort throughout treatment.
For patients who require extensive procedures involving sedation, such as full mouth reconstruction, we partner with an outpatient medical center in our network of trusted medical facilities and professionals. Your loved one's safety is our ultimate priority, and you can depend on Dr. Glasmeier to take measures to minimize every possible risk.
We are always willing to consult with your loved one's other caregivers, such as doctors and counselors, to determine if sedation and other accommodations are safe and appropriate.
Sedation Dentistry Candidacy
Dr. Glasmeier will only recommend sedation dentistry if he believes it will truly benefit your loved one. This option may be right for your loved one if he or she:
- Is sensitive to new sights and sounds
- Experiences uncontrollable movements
- Has extreme dental phobia
- Has difficulty sitting comfortably for long periods
- Requires an extensive treatment
- Has a pronounced gag reflex
- Has highly sensitive teeth
If the patient has had heart issues or has experienced adverse reactions to medications, he or she may not be a candidate for sedation dentistry. During the initial consultation, please be prepared to share your loved one's medical history with Dr. Glasmeier, and to speak frankly about his or her needs. Our mission is to provide each patient with the safest, most comfortable, and most beneficial treatment possible, and this information is very important in helping us determine the right treatment approach. As with all services we provide, we are always willing to consult with your loved one's other caregivers, such as doctors and counselors, to determine if sedation and other accommodations are safe and appropriate.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Sedation dentistry can be tremendously beneficial in providing special needs patients with the compassionate care they need and deserve. To learn more, please schedule a consultation with us today.