Dr. Ernie Soto: Sedation Dentist in Ft. Lauderdale

Posted by Dr. Soto Sep 18, 2017

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Sedation dentistry is used to help calm and relax patients who might have a dental phobia, as well as others who may require additional medication in order to be comfortable during dental surgery. Dr. Ernie Soto is a sedation dentist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with decades of experience in all forms of advanced cosmetic and dental reconstruction. Dr. Soto routinely performs oral surgical procedures such as dental implants, orthodontics, and complete dental reconstruction when necessary. Dr. Soto is certified in both nitrous oxide sedation and IV sedation. He is one of only a handful of dentists licensed by the state of Florida to provide anesthesia.

Dr. Ernie Soto: Offering Advanced Sedation Dentistry in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Dr. Soto understands that some patients require a little more than a simple numbing injection. Some patients, for instance, had a previous traumatic dental experience that makes it very difficult for them to relax in the dentist chair. In many cases, they are so nervous about going to see the dentist, they may actually have avoided it for years. This can often result in poor dental health, requiring additional work. Patients with severely neglected teeth and dental phobias are ideal candidates for sedation dentistry. Dental sedation is right for:

  • Patients with a strong gag reflex or problems opening or holding their mouth open
  • Patients with a dental phobia or who have had previous traumatic dental experiences
  • Patients with extremely sensitive teeth
  • Patients who require extensive reconstructive work that will require lengthy appointments
  • Patients who are afraid of needles
  • Patients who cannot tolerate the smell, taste, or sounds of a dental procedure
  • Patients who are extremely embarrassed about their teeth

Sedation dentistry is a safe, effective way for patients to completely relax while extensive dental work is performed. Patients are given just enough medication to help them stay calm and comfortable, allowing them to feel surprisingly good afterwards. Sedation dentistry also affords the dentist a more efficient procedure, allowing patients to undergo only one or two visits, even for complex work.

What to expect:

Dr. Soto reviews every patient’s medical history in order to determine if sedation dentistry is right for that individual. If sedation is appropriate, Dr. Soto can provide a one-time prescription for an antianxiety medication to take in advance of the appointment. Once the patient arrives, an IV can be started to help relax them even further. All sedated patients are carefully monitored during the entire process. A paramedic is stationed with the patient through their visit, so the patient is never left alone, even for a moment.

The medications are so effective that patients do not even remember details of having the procedure performed. Patients are evaluated and allowed to wake up fully before leaving, but they will require an adult relative or friend to drive them home.

At the office of Dr. Ernie Soto, we care about your dental health, and your entire dental experience. Get the lovely, radiant smile you have always wanted, with the help of Dr. Soto in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Call (954) 368-6264 today or request an appointment online.  Dr. Ernie Soto specializes in sedation and reconstructive dental care. He has the advanced training and gentle touch you need. Don’t wait another day for a better smile.

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