Sedation includes a wide spectrum. General anesthesia, deep sedation, conscious sedation and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are the most commonly used. The most commonly used type of sedation in the Tampa area general dentist office is conscious sedation. Conscious sedation as used in my Palm Harbor dentist office is a depressed level of consciousness, whereby the patient retains the ability to: respond to verbal command, retain protective reflexes and to continually and independently maintain their own breathing and airway.
In Florida, a dentist must receive special training, adhere to special continuing education guidelines, maintain their office and be inspected on a regular basis by the Department of Dentistry. My Palm Harbor dentist office was inspected late 2011.
Many dental procedures, including root canals, dental implants, crowns, extractions and immediate dentures can be performed while the dental patient is sedated.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A