Sedation Dentistry

A Safe Approach to Sedation Dentistry

Before you choose a dentist to perform sedation dental services, it’s important to not only know about their credentials but also the risks and benefits. Dr. Jonathan Bernstein has been practicing dentistry for decades, and has special training and certifications in IV and oral sedation dentistry. He has the training to provide exceptional dental care and the advanced knowledge of sedation you will want in a sedation dentist.

What Do You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry?

Most importantly, you should know that there are special certifications required for dentists who wish to perform sedation dentistry procedures. That’s because sedation drugs can be potentially dangerous if not properly dosed and the patient is not effectively monitored. With training in both IV and oral dentistry, and the required certifications to perform the procedures, Dr. Jonathan Bernstein is a great choice for Central and Southern Maine area residents who struggle with dental anxiety. He stays up to date on the latest sedation techniques and drugs by attending continuing education classes, and regularly performs sedation dentistry procedures on his patients.

He has experience, training and certifications you can trust if you are considering sedation dentistry as an option for you or a loved one.

What Type of Sedation Dentistry Do You Provide?

Dr. Jonathan Bernstein is certified to provide both oral conscious sedation and intravenous sedation, also known as IV sedation.

What Are the Differences Between Oral Sedation and IV Sedation?

Oral sedation is typically a pill, such as Halcion, which is part of the Valium family. We’ll request you take the sedation medicine the night before and again one hour prior to your appointment. This will not result in loss of consciousness.

IV sedation delivers a sedative through the patient’s veins, and works significantly more quickly than oral sedation. One of the benefits of IV sedation is the doctor’s ability to carefully control the level of sedation, which can be adjusted throughout the course of your procedure. Another benefit is fast recovery.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Anesthesia, regardless of the procedure, always carries some inherent risks. That’s why it’s so important to find an anxiety-free sedation dentist who has the training, credentials and significant experience to perform sedation dentistry safely and comfortably.

Sedation dentistry may not be safe for everyone, including people who are obese or suffer from sleep apnea. You should discuss any medical conditions with the doctor before you elect for sedation.

The safety of sedation dentistry has a lot to do with the age and weight of the patient, and as a certified sedation dentist, Dr. Jonathan Bernstein can tell you whether or not you are a good candidate.

At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, we take transparency and accountability seriously, which is why you will always be given extensive information before you agree to any sedation procedure.

We take all necessary precautions to ensure our measures meet or exceed all of the sedation dentistry regulations as defined by the American Dental Association’s sedation guidelines.