Frequently Asked Questions

I have a fear of dentistry. Is there a solution for me to get the care I need?

The majority of dental practitioners encounter at least one patient a week who is anxious or fearful about dental care. Dental fear is a multidimensional, complex phenomenon and was ranked as fifth among commonly feared situations. Fear for dentistry persists despite continuing improvements in dental therapy and pain control modalities.

Severe dental anxiety is a major barrier to seeking professional dental care. Approximately half of the patients who are fearful of dentistry avoid dental care. These patients have significantly more missing teeth and fewer restored teeth compared to non-anxious patients. Using anesthesia to treat anxious dental patients ultimately leads to improvements in the patients' oral health, overall quality of life, and well-being.

What type of patients can dental anesthesia help?

There are plenty of patients who are not responsive to numbing treatment, are too young to cooperate, suffer from tremor related illnesses, require extensive treatment needs, have an unmanageable gag reflex, or are just too difficult to manage due to their underlying anxiety. A trained dental anesthesiologist can facilitate treatment for these types of patients. The ultimate beneficiaries will be highly satisfied patients who are able to get the dental care they need.

Is dental anesthesia safe?

The safety record of anesthesia services provided in a dental office has dramatically improved in a past decade due to increased training requirements of the anesthesia provider. A Dental Anesthesiologist has two additional years of general anesthesia training and is specifically trained to provide anesthesia for patients undergoing dental treatment. The risks associated with anesthesia are not any more than with any other surgery and are minimized by thorough preoperative patient evaluation and appropriate intraoperative monitoring.

Can dental anesthesia also be used for pediatric patients?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes that there are patients for whom routine dental care is not possible using behavioral guidance techniques. Your pediatric dentist seeks to provide oral health care to children of all ages in a manner that simultaneously promotes an excellent quality of care and encourages a positive attitude toward future dental treatment. Minimal or moderate sedation has allowed many children who are less compliant to receive the needed treatment.

How is the treatment under anesthesia in the dental office suitable for pediatric patients?

The provision of anesthesia services in a dental office is associated with overall improved access to care. Complex and lengthy treatment can be provided comfortably in a child's already established dental home while minimizing their memory of the procedure. The treatment can also be scheduled more easily and efficiently. Moreover, unnecessary administrative procedures associated with expensive fees are eliminated. The improved quality of care for our youngest patients is of utmost importance, since they are the true beneficiaries of the outstanding dental care.

How my child benefit from dental anesthesiology services?

There are some children and special-needs patients with extensive treatment needs, acute situational anxiety, uncooperative age-appropriate behavior, immature cognitive functioning, disabilities, or medical conditions which require deep sedation or general anesthesia to receive dental treatment in a safe and humane fashion. Your pediatric dentist can offer this treatment modality by having a dental anesthesiologist come to the office to assure the comfort and safety of your child throughout the entire procedure. Epione is committed to caring for individuals that require focused care, finding the right sedation technique and length of procedure for each individual. These circumstances often require medical consultation prior to administering anesthesia.

What is the safety margin of general anesthesia for children?

Dental anesthesiologists have the unique advantage over other anesthesia providers of being specifically trained to provide anesthesia for children undergoing dental procedures. Dental Anesthesiologists specialize in the provision of exceptional care to pediatric patients while assuring their safety during the procedure as well as in the post- operative time period. The long-term reward is absolute parent satisfaction.