True Sleep Dentistry
A range of dental sedation options are available at the practice of Dr. Clint Newman; now, these options have been expanded to include general anesthesia. For the benefit of his Nashville patients, Dr. Newman has teamed up with licensed anesthesiologist Matthew Yezerski to provide the option of general anesthesia, or true “sleep” dentistry, for the first time. With general anesthesia, Dr. Newman and his team are able to provide dental treatment on a whole new level.
Introducing Dr. Matthew Yezerski – A Licensed Anesthesiologist
A licensed anesthesiologist, board-certified pediatrician, and general dental practitioner, Dr. Yezerski has a wealth of experience in a wide range of dental fields, and can be relied upon to provide care of the highest standard. His experience and commitment to patient care make him a tremendous asset to the dental practice of Dr. Clint Newman, as well as an ally to his patients. Partnering with Dr. Yezerski allows Dr. Newman and his team to provide patients with hospital-level care, all under the watchful eye of a professional. Utilizing state-of-the-art dental technology, Dr. Yezerski is able to precisely monitor and control the administration of anesthesia during dental treatment for best results. Even the most complex dental procedures can be carried out with minimal impact on the patient, thanks to the use of general anesthesia.
What Is Sleep Dentistry?
True Sleep dentistry, or general anesthesia, is a form of sedation that results in a total state of relaxation. When under general anesthesia, a patient is unconscious and not able to respond to or be aware of commands or external stimulants. This deep level of sedation allows for complex, multi-stage dental procedures to be performed in one sitting, and leaves the patient with no memory of his or her treatment. For patients who experience dental phobia or dental anxiety, as well as those who may require more advanced treatment or have special needs, sleep dentistry provides Dr. Newman with complete control over all aspects of the treatment while providing for an unparalleled level of comfort on the part of the patient.
What Are the Alternatives?
The alternatives to general anesthesia are known as conscious sedatives, as the patient remains awake and alert throughout treatment (though in a calm and relaxed state). Conscious sedatives include oral conscious sedation (a pill that is administered orally), nitrous oxide sedation, and IV sedation. Each of these options provides a temporary state of relaxation. However, in all cases, local anesthesia is required in addition to the use of sedatives for the purposes of pain relief. Additionally, patients who experience extreme phobia or who require extensive treatment may not be suitable candidates for oral conscious sedation.