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Back Bay Dental Care

Richard Miller, D.D.S.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Sedation Dentist

Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients with dental phobias, patients requiring large amounts of dental work, and patients who would just prefer to sleep through their appointment. However, sedation is a powerful tool, and you don't want to entrust your safety to just anyone. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Make sure the dentist examines your whole mouth and inquires about your total health. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  2. Educate yourself on the various forms of sedation.

    Who you are and what you need done will determine which type of sedation dentistry is right for you. The more sedated you are, the greater the risks can be, and the more training a dentist needs to have. Sedation methods include inhalation anesthesia, which you may know as "laughing gas"; oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative pill; intravenous sedation, where you're hooked up to an IV by a dentist with advanced training; and general anesthesia, which requires a trained anesthesiologist.

  3. Look for a practice that specializes in sedation dentistry.

    General and family dentists are capable of offering oral conscious sedation. However, you may be better served by someone who specializes in sedation dentistry. This is especially true if you have special dental needs or health problems.

  4. The dentist should care about your total health.

    Though you're seeking dental treatment, you want a dentist who will pay attention to your overall health. Sedation dentistry is not the right choice for everyone. If you have any medical conditions or are taking medications, your dentist will need to know that prior to treatment.

  5. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  6. Make sure your informed consent is truly informed.

    Prior to sedation, you'll be asked to review and sign an Informed Consent form. This will explain details about the procedure and associated risks. Your dentist should be more than willing to take the time to review the form with you and address any concerns you may have.

  7. Check out the facilities.

    Take a look around. What sort of equipment does the practice use? What is their sterilization process? Is it a comfortable atmosphere? Are the employees happy and helpful? Do they take the time to answer your questions?

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"We know that selecting a sedation dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

21 Bay State Road Suite #3

Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Appt Tel: (617) 247-9966

www.bostonsedationdentist.com

Directions

Back Bay Dental Care is conveniently located on 21 Bay State Road near Kenmore Square, with pleanty of metered parking available right in front of our office!

Bay State Road is parallel to Beacon Street, and the cross street Raleigh Street.

If you are taking the subway T, you get off at Kenmore Square on the Green Line. When you get off the train you will take the far right exit from the station. Walk straight out of the exit past UBurger and continue straight until you pass "Miles Standish Hall." After you pass Miles Standish Hall, the sidewalk ends -- take a left and cross the street to enter our office.