Who is a candidate for sedation surgery?
People fear the dentist for many reasons: perhaps they had a bad experience as a child, they have difficulty getting numb and get frustrated when the dentist doesn’t believe them, or they hate the shots, needles, noises, smells, and tastes associated with dental care. Gag reflexes can also turn dental treatment into a very stressful situation. To top it all off, many people are embarrassed that they have these dental problems. Patients who can relate to any or all of these reasons are a good candidates for Sedation Dentistry.
Dr. Shelly received his training through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedations (DOCS) and the American Society for the Advancement of Anesthesia in Dentistry (ASAAD). With well over 200 hours of sedation training (80 hours hospital-based training) and an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, he is prepared to maintain a great level of safety for his patients. All patients are given a complete medical history review and monitored during treatment to ensure their comfort and safety.
Experience and Qualifications
Dr. Fort received his training at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. OHSU is Oregon’s premier health and research university dedicated to patient care, education, research and community service. While there, he completed a mini-residency in Parenteral Conscious Sedation that consisted of over 100 hours of continuing education in anesthesia, pain control and oral conscious sedation sponsored by the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Fort also maintains his Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification and is confident in providing the utmost in dental care in a safe and compassionate manner.
Other types of patients that benefit from Sedation Dentistry are people who need a large amount of dental work. They may have busy schedules that prevent many short visits. Patients also find that the level of post-treatment soreness is greatly reduced by Sedation. Many patients having cosmetic treatment opt to have sedation because the visits can be quite long. Imagine waking up to a brand new, beautiful smile.
On a Personal Note
Since the practice started doing Sedation Dentistry over 15 years ago, we have been able to provide dental care to hundreds of patients who were not receiving care mostly due to high fear. It has been rewarding to help these people go from a life of pain and discomfort to a life where they can smile with pride and eat and chew without concern.
If Sedation Dentistry is something you feel you can benefit from, we want to extend a personal invitation to come in for a free sedation consultation and a full mouth series of X-rays – a diagnostic tool necessary for evaluating your dental treatment. The staff here looks forward to answering any questions you may have and looks forward to helping you wipe away your fears and discomforts.