While no dental procedure is 100% comfortable, we go to great lengths to minimize any discomfort you might feel. Many of our patients make statements like, "This wasn't even painful. How did you do that?" The following are some of the latest techniques we use to provide you with as comfortable an experience as possible.
We take patient safety very seriously and adhere to the highest professional standards of cleanliness, sterilization, and radiation control. Our staff regularly attends safety seminars and is quite knowledgeable on the latest techniques.
We know that preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as AIDS, herpes, hepatitis and even the cold virus is critical and our team takes sterilization very seriously. We use extensive sterilization procedures, going well beyond the guidelines recommended by the American Dental Association and Centers for Disease Control.
We use barrier techniques such as disposable masks and gloves and we replace them with every new patient. Each piece of fixed operatory equipment is wiped-down with antibacterial/antiviral solution prior to every clinical procedure. Sterile water delivery systems are utilized. We use steam sterilization for all instruments and hand-pieces immediately after use on every patient. You can be assured that our staff has been specifically trained on sterilization procedures and their importance.
Patient comfort is one of the most important aspects of care. Different patients have different needs for pain and anxiety control medication. Depending upon the procedure and your wishes, there are many medications we can prescribe.
Patients with certain medical conditions (e.g. valvular heart conditions and artificial joints) may be asked to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to treatment. We do this with your safety in mind. Please inform us if you have a condition that might need pre-medication.
Injections of Anesthesia
In the past, injections of dental anesthesia by others may have been uncomfortable. We recognize this and take extra care when preparing a patient for anesthetic. We use a topical ointment on your gums first and then administer the injection very slowly and precisely to reduce any uncomfortable sensations that can be experienced. These techniques ensure our patients have minimal, if any, discomfort during this portion of care.
Sedation and General Anesthesia
For those patients that would feel more comfortable with sedation, we offer a full range of services. Nitrous oxide and oral sedatives can be given to help you relax during your visit. Dr. Sebastian received his training in oral medication sedation through the Doctors Organization for Conscious Sedation and has a Washington State Dental Board permit to provide in office oral medication sedation for dental patients.
We also offer closely-monitored conscious IV sedation. Just enough sedation is administered to allow you to be completely relaxed while still being aware of your surroundings. Afterwards, you will not remember your dental visit. Dr. Sebastian received his training in IV sedation at Duquesne University and has a Washington State Dental Board permit to provide in office IV sedation for dental patients.
In complex situations we can provide dental treatment in our office under general anesthesia. General anesthesia would be administered by a licensed anesthesiologist and is quite safe.
Your comfort is one of our primary concerns. If you have any questions about anesthesia or sedation, please do not hesitate to discuss these with us.
Post Treatment Instructions
After treatment, home care and medication instructions will be thoroughly explained. For your convenience, you will also be given printed instructions. These instructions are also available to download from our Patient Forms section. Of course, we are always available for questions after treatment.
We strive to stay on the leading edge of periodontal techniques and equipment. In order to do this, we take a great deal of continuing education. We also utilize advanced equipment in our office including: