Dr. Smith realizes that there are some patients that he cannot safely sedate by himself. These patients mostly fall into three categories.
Special Needs Patients:
In this valley, it is almost impossible to attain high level dental care for special needs patients. Common issues like cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, and autism leave caregivers at a loss for helping their loved ones. This is especially true after age 18 when many of the state run programs run out. We at Smith Sedation Dentistry are here to proudly fill that void. While we can't treat all of these patients, Dr. Smith and his talented staff is able to handle many of these cases that have been turned down by other dentists.
Dr. Smith works with Heather Reimund, a Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Heather has been working as a Registered Nurse Anesthetist specializing in special needs patients for over 30 years. Heather will usually give the patient a sedative drink to swallow. This will relax them so that she can start the IV in them. Using her vast experience with these types of patients, she will chose the medication that will put the patient into a relaxed state so that Dr. Smith can perform his work on them.
Medically Compromised Patients:
Elderly patients often have medical compromises that make sedating them a little more complicated. For these patients, Dr. Smith will bring in Heather to administer the anesthesia. Combining her experience with Dr. Smith's allows them to provide the safest treatment for these patients.
Patients with current or former substance abuse issues:
These patients often have difficulty with anesthesia and are asked to leave other offices. We have found that many of these patients require a completely different combination of anesthetics, otherwise they do not sedate at all and only become agitated and untreatable. Heather has the training and experience to handle patients like this. We have many patients that other dentists are unable to sedate that do great with us.