Anthony Skinner, D.D.S.
Nicholas P. Lowe, D.D.S.
Shahir Malek, B.D.S., M.S.D.
Donald Lareau, D.D.S., M.S.
Katherine Smith, D.D.S., M.S.
(952) 935-9009 Saint Louis Park, MN Request An Appointment

Procedures

Procedures

Patient Comfort & Sedation Options

 

womanOur goal is to provide you with the most advanced care possible in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Toward that end, we use the most current periodontal procedures, instruments, medications, and sterilization techniques.

Every procedure is done with your comfort and safety in mind. We work closely with your general dentist to ensure you get the best possible care. We want you to be completely informed of your condition and encourage you to ask any questions you may have regarding your treatment and care. Please feel free to ask questions before, during, or after any procedure.

Patient Comfort

While no dental procedure is 100% comfortable, we try to minimize any discomfort you might feel.  Many of our patients make statements like, "This wasn't even painful.  How did you do that?"  The following are some of the latest techniques we use to provide you with as comfortable an experience as possible:

Pre-medication

Patient comfort is one of the most important aspects of care. Patients have different needs for pain and anxiety control medication. Depending upon the procedure and your wishes, there are several medications we can prescribe.

Patients with certain medical conditions (e.g. valvular heart conditions and artificial joints) may be asked to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to treatment. We do this with your safety in mind. Please inform us if you have a condition that might require pre-medication.

Sedation

For those patients who would feel more comfortable with sedation, we offer nitrous oxide and oral sedatives to help you relax during your treatment.

Your comfort is one of our primary concerns. If you have any questions about anesthesia or sedation, please do not hesitate to discuss these with us.

Injections of Anesthesia

We use a topical anesthetic on your gums first to desensitize them and then administer the injection gently and precisely to reduce the burning sensation that can be experienced.

Patient Safety

We adhere to the highest professional standards of cleanliness, sterilization, and radiation control. Our staff regularly attend safety seminars and are knowledgeable on the latest techniques.