Care with a Gentle Touch
Dental Fear and Painless Treatment
IT IS NORMAL TO FEAR THE
encourages you not to let dental anxiety and fear get in the
way of optimal periodontal care. She will help and advice
you, so you can reach your goal of periodontal health and
Does periodontal treatment
equipment and techniques, topical and local anesthetics and
medications improve your comfort. Dr. Hoffmeyer will help
you achieve a visit suited to your individual needs.
A gel is placed
on your gum to numb the area prior anesthesia. During the
whole procedure, Dr. Hoffmeyer is very gentle and careful
and responds immediately to any of your concerns.
pill taken before a planned dental treatment helps you cope
with stress and have a comfortable, relaxing dental
experience during extended or complicated treatments. Oral
sedation can last for several (up to six) hours. You must
arrange to have someone follow you home safely.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation, IV
Sedation and Deep Sedation
Commonly known as “laughing gas” and “put completely to
sleep” are currently not offered.
The Counter Pain Medication
For your comfort you
can use over the counter pain medication before and after
certain types of treatment.
Please let Dr. Hoffmeyer know what you are planning to take
as this may affect surgical treatment.
Feel free to ask any questions.
You are welcome to listen to our ipod with a variety of
music (classical, relaxing, jazz, pop or rock). If you
prefer to bring your own feel free to do so.
What is oral Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is only
for adult patients. Dr. Hoffmeyer will first of all schedule
a consultation appointment to clarify questions and medical
conditions to see if you are eligible for Oral Sedation.
oral sedation dental appointment you are given a small pill
1 hour prior to treatment to make you relax through your
You can either come to
the office and take the pill there or you can take the pill
prior to arriving at the
dental office. You will need to have a companion drive
you to the office since you will not be
able to drive yourself. Your will feel very drowsy, your
reflexes are highly reduced and you are therefore not safe
in e.g. trafik situations.
At the dental office you will be escorted to a comfortable dental chair. A sensor allows
Dr. Hoffmeyer to
monitor your vital signs during the entire procedure. When
you are snoozing comfortably, your dental care will begin. When treatment is finished, your companion
will get your post treatment instructions and drive you home.
Even though you are not
technically asleep, most patients describe the experience as
seeming to be asleep. You will be drowsy, unaware of the
time passing by and have little memory of the appointment,
the sounds or smells. Your treatment is performed more
comfortably than you might ever have thought possible.
who is a Good Candidate for Sedation
Sedation Dentistry is
especially useful for adult patients who:
high anxiety about dental visits
memory of previous traumatic dental experiences
difficulty getting numb
strong gag reflex
TMJ troubles and cannot open their mouth for extended
afraid of needles
Dislike the noises and/or smells associated with dental
have the time for multiple visits
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you will be very relaxed,
but you will be able to respond. You will probably not
remember very much of your visit.
Will I have an IV?
No tubes or needles are
necessary. You just swallow a pill.
Does my companion have to
stay at the office?
Your companion must
drive you to and from the dental office and your
home. During the actual procedure your companion is free to
stay or leave.
Will I feel anything?
No, you will feel no
How long will I be snoozing?
You will be sedated for 2 to
Is there an age limit?
for adults age 18 to 80. Medical conditions may prevent you
from being a candidate.