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Patient Comfort

We offer several sedation options to make your experience as pleasant as possible. Dr. Humphreys and Dr. Galloway are qualified to provide local and intravenous sedation as well as nitrous oxide and any necessary oral sedatives.

During procedures, please feel free to bring your own headphones to listen to your choice of music. Blankets are available during treatment and heated facial wipes are also available.

Patient Protection

In our office, your safety is our highest priority. Throughout the day, we continuously and thoroughly sterilize our equipment and instruments for your protection. Our protocol for sterilization includes the following:

Before and after each patient appointment, all treatment surfaces (e.g., countertops, chair surfaces, lights, x-ray machines, and trays) are disinfected with the most effective and safest products available. Our water lines are monitored and treated to ensure no bacteria or viruses are present.

To ensure your safety, we follow a number of standard sterilization procedures with all instruments and handpieces. First, they are brought into our sterilization room and placed in an ultrasonic cleaner to remove even microscopic debris. The instruments are then rinsed thoroughly before being sterilized in an autoclave which destroys all bacteria and all viruses. Our sterilization machines are monitored regularly to ensure their efficiency and safety.

Team members use masks, safety glasses, and new gloves for each patient.

All team members are updated annually in proper patient protection procedures and have been vaccinated against the Hepatitis-B virus.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding patient protection and give you a personal tour of our sterilization facility.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic.

Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments often require some sort of sedation.

Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, Dr. Humphreys or Dr. Galloway will talk with you about the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.

IV Sedation

Dr. Humphreys and Dr. Galloway have undergone rigorous specialized training before administering intravenous sedation. Their experience and expert knowledge of the physical and pharmacokinetic properties of sedative drugs and their effects is a critical factor for ensuring IV sedation safety. Therefore, Dr. Humphreys and Dr. Galloway have both received special accreditation and licensing necessary to practice IV sedation dentistry including official training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Dr. Humphreys and Dr. Galloway’s team has also undergone extensive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

Continuous monitoring of the patient throughout the IV sedation procedure is a crucial factor for safety. We monitor heart and rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen and CO2 levels.

The strict regulations on the use of IV sedation combined with the advanced training and licensing requirements for the dentists have helped IV sedation dentistry to have an excellent safety record.

Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”)

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and able to talk during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5-10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea, constipation, and/or headaches. Dr. Humphreys or Dr. Galloway will provide you with pre-and post-sedation instructions.

Heart Monitor

We use heart monitors to ensure your safety and wellbeing during all surgical procedures. Dr. Humphreys, Dr. Galloway and our team realize that the key component of any thorough periodontal appointment is patient assessment. While there are several tools used for conducting screenings and examinations for oral health, other aspects of patient health that may be related to dental heath are often overlooked. A patient’s blood pressure is one of these parameters. Appropriate monitoring of blood pressure cannot only improve outcomes of dental care but also play a role in improving the overall health of patients.