Patient Anxiousness Decreases with Advanced Sedation Options

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Walking into a dentist’s office can be intimidating, but not at the periodontal offices of Dr. Kirk Noraian. To better serve his patients and increase their comfort levels, Noraian announces a variety of new and advanced sedation options and monitoring equipment for Central Illinois residents to accommodate each patient’s specific procedural and personal needs.

Dr. Kirk Noraian specializes in innovative sedation options to reduce patient anxiety.

“When you walk through our doors you’ll find that we take care of our patients the same way we take care of our families,” explained Noraian. “My patients’ health and well-being is my number one priority.”

To better serve his patients, Dr. Noraian is educating the public on advanced sedation options available to those who may be anxious or nervous for a procedure. After reviewing a patient’s medical history, allergies and complexity of case, Noraian will consult with the patient on the best method of sedation or anesthesia. While there are a variety of options that range from mildest to strongest, it is recommended to use the mildest method that will allow you to complete the work efficiently while providing the highest level of care, safety, and comfort possible. Like many dental professionals, Noraian uses local anesthetics to reduce discomfort, typically pairing it with a variety of sedation options including nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, moderate sedation, and general anesthesia, all with a high level of safety and comfort.

Noraian understands that many of his patients are concerned and afraid of being awake during a procedure. To combat this anxiety, he offers nitrous oxide sedation, commonly referred to as gas or laughing gas. This helps reduce one’s perception of time and is easily reversed so that the patient will be able to drive home after the procedure. Another method used is oral sedation, where patients take a liquid or tablet medication by mouth shortly before a procedure. The advantage of oral sedation is that it reverses on its own; however, your metabolism has a big effect on how long you feel sedated after the procedure. If the oral sedative does not get the patient in a comfortable zone, then for safety reasons, your procedure will likely be rescheduled. This lack of predictability is a reason to consider moderate sedation.

For longer procedures, patients may request moderate sedation, also known as conscious, intravenous or I.V. sedation. This sedation method allows the patient to listen to commands and cooperate while breathing on their own. A particular advantage of this method is that the patient usually does not remember the procedure, known as the amnesia effect. With similar monitoring and preparation to moderate sedation, general anesthesia is deeper than sedation, requiring the patient to need ventilation or assistance breathing. Noraian reserves general anesthesia for patients with the highest level of anxiety or highest complexity of procedures. Unlike some practitioners, Noraian offers anesthesia in the comfort of his office, which is very helpful in increasing a patient’s level of comfort. Many practitioners do not offer this type of service, in which case the patient must go to a surgicenter or hospital.

Noraian’s passion and commitment to his patient’s well-being can be attributed to his extensive experience and involvement in dentistry. Prior to serving the greater Central Illinois, Noraian was the attending periodontist for the University of Chicago Hospitals and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics at Northwestern University Dental School. He received his master’s degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Northwestern University and is proficiently trained in hospital dentistry. Noraian is also certified to provide and teach Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), an advanced surgical therapy designed to treat periodontitis which regenerates bone and reduces the discomfort associated with traditional treatments.

The periodontal and dental implant practice of Dr. Kirk Noraian provides state-of–the-art education, examination, and treatment. Dentists and other oral health practitioners seeking additional information should contact his office to schedule a lunch and learn or informal session. Patients throughout Central Illinois can visit the office in Urbana at 2020 Philo Road, or the office in Bloomington at 105 North Williamsburg Drive. For more information about soft tissue grafting or additional services, contact Dr. Noraian’s professional staff in Urbana at (217) 367-6149 or Bloomington at (309) 663-4577.

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