Dr. Clint Newman understands that many patients find the prospect of the dentist a daunting one, even just for routine cleaning.
To help those with dental anxiety receive treatment, we offer sedation dentistry administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Ready to find out how dental sedation can help you?
Transform Your Dental Experience with Sedation
Total State of Relaxation
With general anesthesia, you remain in a state of total relaxation throughout the entire treatment. You should have no memory of treatment upon waking up, allowing you to receive the care you need, free of worry and fear at our Nashville, TN, practice.
While you are under the effects of anesthesia, you will be monitored by a licensed anesthesiologist throughout the treatment. Our in-office anesthesiologist is certified, extensively trained, and will ensure you are provided with the proper level of anesthesia for your needs.
When the deepest level of dental sedation is provided, you can undergo complex, substantial dental treatments in one sitting. Since you will be unconscious and less tense, the doctor can perform the procedure more efficiently.
Why Sleep Dentistry Is the Preferred Method of Treating Phobic, Anxious & Special Needs Patients
The difference between sedation dentistry and true sleep dentistry is actually quite substantial. Though sedation dentistry is effective and commonplace, it does not actually result in a state of unconsciousness. For patients who are extremely phobic, have special needs, or are undergoing extensive dental rehabilitation, traditional conscious sedation is not always the best option. For these reasons and more, we work alongside licensed general anesthesia provider Dr. Matthew Yezerski to offer our patients with unique needs true sleep dentistry through general anesthesia.
With true sleep dentistry, we can provide our patients with an unparalleled level of dental care. Even complex, intricate restorative and cosmetic cases become easy, quick, and manageable procedures with general anesthesia. Using state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Yezerski can precisely administer and monitor the anesthesia to ensure total comfort and a deep level of sedation. During treatment, you will remain unconscious throughout the procedure and will have no memory of your treatment once you are awake. No form of conscious sedation can provide such a complete level of relaxation and calm. For complex dental treatments and individuals who suffer from severe phobia, the choice – and difference – is clear. There is no other option than true sleep dentistry.
Factors That Can Prevent You from Receiving IV Sedation
Certain medical conditions like diabetes and respiratory issues can increase the risk of complications under anesthesia, so our dental team will thoroughly evaluate your overall health prior to clearing you for sedation.
Current MedicationsCertain medications can have a negative interaction with sedation medication, so you should bring a full list of medications to your dental appointment.
Extent of Treatment
If you are undergoing a routine cleaning, cavity filling, or other quick treatment, local anesthesia to numb the treatment area may be enough to ensure your comfort.
But We're One of the Only Dental Practices to Work with a Certified Provider
While other dentists tend to administer sedation at the same time they perform treatment, we want to provide you with the attention you deserve from start to finish. For this reason, our Nashville practice works with a trained anesthesiologist who can administer sedation.
Dr. Yezerski is a member of Nashville Office-Based Anesthesia (NOBA). He is certified by the Tennessee Dental Board and the Kentucky Board of Dentistry to provide deep sedation and general anesthesia. He also earned a doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Kentucky and completed three years of anesthesia training at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York.
Sedation Dentistry Helps Patients Relax in the Dentist's Chair
We are constantly striving to create a more comfortable, more inviting atmosphere for our patients. Unfortunately, many people fail to receive the dental treatment they need because of dental anxiety or crippling phobias. To aid these individuals, Dr. Newman offers sedation dentistry at our Nashville, TN, dental office. But not just any sedation – true “sleep” dentistry. We are pleased to work alongside Dr. Matthew Yezerski, licensed to provide general anesthesia in the office setting. Our office is one of the only in the greater Nashville area to make this unique service available.
We are pleased to work alongside Dr. Matthew Yezerski, licensed to provide general anesthesia in the office setting. Our office is one of the only in the greater Nashville area to make this unique service available.
Conscious Sedation and Sleep Dentistry: What are the Differences?
There are many sedation dentistry options, including laughing gas sedation, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation which are used for a variety of reasons.
All of these sedatives provide a deep level of calm and relaxation, but the patient remains conscious and alert, and pain medication must be prescribed separately (typically via a local anesthetic). With true sleep dentistry, the patient is unconscious throughout treatment for the ultimate state of rest. We have chosen to offer this type of sedation dentistry at our Nashville office because we believe it is a tremendous option for our patients. With general anesthesia, patients:
- Remain in a total state of relaxation throughout their treatment
- Are monitored by a licensed anesthesia provider throughout their treatment
- Have no memory of their treatment upon waking from their unconscious state
- Can undergo complex, substantial dental treatments in one sitting, pain-free
- Can receive the dental treatment they need, free of worry or fear
Because of the effectiveness of general sedation, we ask individuals who undergo sedation dentistry at our Nashville office to have an escort drive them to and from our office on the day of their treatment. After you wake up from sedation, you will remain in a slightly inhibited state for several hours, and during this time, will be unable to drive a car. However, the effects will wear off quickly.
What Happens during IV Sedation?
At our practice, we strive to create an atmosphere that encourages patients to return for procedures and biannual cleanings. Before your procedure, we can answer any questions you have about what happens during IV sedation. In most cases, patients are conscious, feel deeply relaxed, and have very faint or no memory of their treatment.
Administering IV Sedation
Prior to your treatment, our anesthesiologist, Dr. Matthew Yezerski, will administer your sedation directly into a vein using a very thin needle, either in your arm or the back of your hand. We will first apply a numbing cream to the injection site. Then, we will insert the small IV needle into a vein. Once it is in place, Dr. Yezerski will slowly begin administering an anti-anxiety sedative until the right levels are reached.
During Your Procedure
Once you are fully sedated, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you do not feel any pain while we perform your treatment. We will monitor you throughout the procedure by tracking your heart rate and rhythm, oxygen level, and pulse. We may use additional monitoring devices to make sure you are safe and secure at every stage of the process.
We understand how stressful dental procedures are for some patients. Our team is committed to providing a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
While you are sedated, you can expect to feel relaxed and a little drowsy. However, you will remain conscious to allow you to communicate with Dr. Newman and our team. You will likely be aware of your surroundings, but not feel anxious or afraid. The procedure will probably feel short, since the IV medications can affect your sense of time. You may have a faint memory of the procedure once it is complete, but many patients have no recollection of treatment at all.
After Your Procedure
Sedation generally takes some time to wear off entirely. The exact amount of time will depend on the dose you received, the length of your treatment, and your natural recovery speed. You will likely feel sleepy or drowsy for a couple of hours after your treatment is complete. Patients should arrange for someone to drive them home. We may ask you to remain in our office for a period of time to allow the medication to safely wear off.