Sedation Dentistry Overview
At Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo, we do what we can to ensure that our patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the journey at our office. To make this possible, we offer an assortment of advanced sedation options to help men and women overcome their procedure-related fears and anxieties. Our team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly skilled and experienced with managing pain and administering anesthesia. Although we set out to make your treatment as minimally invasive as possible, we still have local anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia available to maintain your level of comfort. For many treatments, such as wisdom tooth removal, we may even combine sedation tactics with local anesthesia. If you or your family are searching for an oral surgery team that keeps your mental wellbeing in mind as well as your physical, contact our Pueblo, CO office and learn about our options for sedation.
As maxillofacial and oral surgeons, our team has received a high level of training in anesthetic techniques as well as sedation dentistry to control and manage your comfort throughout your treatment. At Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo, we are proud to offer:
- General Anesthesia: General anesthesia is typically used for patients who require more extensive treatment. It is typically administered intravenously or can be inhaled through a breathing mask. Once you come around after being under general anesthesia, you will have no recollection of the procedure. Rather, you will be put into an unconscious state so that you feel nothing as the treatment is taking place. Our skilled team of specialists can manage your airways to ensure the safety of this method, and we are also trained to address any issues that could occur.
- IV (Conscious) Sedation: IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, involves the use of a medication that is administered intravenously (through an IV) safely at our office. The effect puts you in a "twilight sleep." Once patients come around, they typically feel like they have been asleep and will have little to no memory of their treatment. IV sedation is commonly used during a dental implant procedure or wisdom tooth extractions. To enhance your comfort, we often pair this form of sedation with a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
"I had two wisdom teeth removed on my visit. #32 was partially impacted and #1 was not erupted/exposed. Dr. Steuer and his staff were very thorough and explained the what my procedure was going to entail. The entire process was stress free and was a pleasant experience. Dr. Steuer and his staff were very friendly. I would recommend Dr. Steuer to anyone looking for an oral surgeon."- S.M. / Healthgrades / Mar 12, 2020
"My wife had an emergency, they took care of her right away. Explained everything including the charges which were fair. The staff were friendly and answered every question we had. They really helped to put my wife at ease during a stressful time. Office was very clean, and modern looking. Very impressed"- J.W. / Yelp / Feb 24, 2020
"Friendly and professional staff. Answered all questions until we felt comfortable with the procedure and followed up with us at home later to assure everything was okay... Would recommend to others anytime."- K.S. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
"I really appreciate how Dr. Ringer bent over backwards to help my daughter - we had a series of conflicts that made it look impossible to get her into the office in a timely manner and Dr. Ringer's office really worked with us -- for that we are most grateful.Additionally, my daughter is atypical and was stressing about having her mouth worked on - the Dr and staff treated her with kindness and gentleness and were attentive to her needs along with any concerns or questions I and her father had about the procedure.The procedure was quick and he performed it with unspeakable proficiency. He and his staff were thorough with their aftercare instructions and genuinely interested in her recovery. Dr. Ringer later called me to check up on how she was doing and praised her for how well she held it together. He also made sure that I had emergency contact info in case we had more questions or if my daughter were to have any issues at all with her aftercare. We are very pleased with this practice and certainly recommend Dr. Ringer's office to anyone needing oral surgery."- S.T. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
"Dr. Eric Ringer was our surgeon for my daughters procedure today. At our first visit/consultation he explained everything wonderfully and answered the questions we had.He and his nurses were wonderful and reassuring to her. She was a terrified 12 yr old. This was her first surgery ever and Dr. Ringer took amazing care and time with her. He even got in contact with us later in the day to make sure her day one recovery was going well. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience for our family."- K.C. / Google / Feb 21, 2020
Best Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry can be ideal for any patient who experiences significant anxiety or worries as a result of receiving oral care. In addition, those receiving any kind of treatment, ranging from minimally invasive to severe, could benefit from some form of anesthesia or sedation to maintain their comfort throughout the process. Our Pueblo, CO team does everything in their power to make sure that your experience at our office is a relaxing one. Because of the nature of most oral surgery procedures, we regularly provide patients with access to local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and IV (conscious) sedation.
What to Expect with Sedation Dentistry
Before the day of your treatment, our team will go over our sedation options with you and determine which is best for your needs. We will also give you a rundown of how the process works. IV sedation, general anesthesia, and local anesthesia all have different after-effects, so we will be sure to review those with you as well so you know what to expect. Depending on the sedation you receive, you may require reliable transportation to and from our office.
Sedation Dentistry Follow-Up
After your procedure is over, we will take you to our on-site recovery room until you have regained your normal consciousness and feeling. Once you come around, a member of our team will provide your adult accompaniment with follow-up instructions depending on which sedation method was employed for your treatment. If you received local anesthesia, it's best to avoid eating until the numbness has completely worn away.
Sedation Dentistry Insurance Coverage
Some of the costs for your sedation options may be covered by your insurance depending on the sedation or anesthesia you receive. A member of our team will get in touch with your insurance provider. Once we have ascertained your benefits, we will be able to estimate your total out-of-pocket costs. For those with additional costs, or for patients who don't carry insurance, our Pueblo, CO office accepts a range of payment methods and can provide you with information regarding low-interest financing.
ADVANCED SEDATION OPTIONS
At Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo, we understand that many experience fears and anxieties when it comes to receiving the treatment they need. In order to maintain your comfort throughout your experience at our Pueblo, CO office, we're proud to offer our patients access to advanced sedation methods that can improve the way you feel about receiving oral care. With local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or IV sedation, your oral care experience can be greatly improved. Call us to learn more about how our team works hard to keep you at ease while you visit our office.