Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre- and post-sedation instructions.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who have dental anxiety associated with dental treatment. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic.
Our sedation services are provided by Dr. Bonnie Song, a Board Certified Anesthesiologist (NW Mobile Anesthesia Group). Dr. Bonnie Song is the chief medical officer of NW Mobile Anesthesia Group. She graduated from Loma Linda medical school and completed her 4-year anesthesiology residency training at the Loma Linda Medical Center. She continued on as an Instructor of Anesthesiology at the Loma Linda Medical Center for 2 years. Moving to the Northwest in 2006, she has been providing excellent anesthesia care to her patients in the hospital setting as well as the clinic setting.
NW Mobile Anesthesia Services:
All of our anesthesia providers are physicians specializing in Anesthesiology. We are board-certified in Anesthesiology, ACLS certified, and PALS certified. Our mission is to always provide the most safe, yet effective anesthesia in caring for our patients. We spend the majority of our time getting patients through surgery safely and comfortably. To do this well, we:
- Evaluate the patient’s health status in as much depth as necessary
- Select the most appropriate anesthetic techniques and drugs
- Administer the anesthetics directly
- Monitor the patient constantly throughout the procedure
- Support or control breathing
- Correct any physiologic changes as needed
- Control blood pressure, pulse, and temperature
- Give fluids as necessary intravenously
- Give all the in-OR drugs for pain and treatment of nausea
- Continuously adjust the anesthetic depth as indicated by the patient’s response
- Wake the patient up smoothly and comfortably
- Reunite the patient with family when safe to do so
We will contact you 1-2 business days prior to your appointment to go through preoperative instructions, double check your health history, and answer any questions you may have about your anesthesia.