Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry: Anxiety-Free Dental Care By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on July 12, 2014

A dentist helps her patient get a great smileDr. Charles A. Porter III of Charlotte believes that all patients should be able to experience great dental health without having to feel fear or anxiety. This is why he offers sedation dentistry options to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress during dental procedures. One particular option for dental sedation is oral conscious sedation. Let's look into this option for anxiety-free dental care right now.

What is oral conscious sedation?

Oral conscious sedation refers to the use of oral medications to help patients achieve a relaxed state. This can be done with prescription pills or liquid medication which is taken before the patient visits the practice, taking effect by the time that they are in the waiting room.

Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation

There are a few major advantages to undergoing oral conscious sedation.

  • No Needles - Oral conscious sedation involves no needles, meaning that there is no discomfort when undergoing the sedation process, and no undue anxiety is produced by the process either.
  • Relaxation Before Arriving at the Practice - Patients take the sedative medication before they arrive at the practice, which means that they are in a relaxed state before the dental visit even begins.
  • Safe and Easy to Administer - Before prescribing any oral sedative, we will carefully determine eligibility for oral conscious sedation and if there are any contraindications that need to be taken into account.

Ideal Candidates for Oral Conscious Sedation

The best candidates for oral conscious sedation are people who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. They should be in generally good health to tolerate sedation dentistry drugs and have realistic expectations about the process and what it can achieve.

In addition to eliminating dental anxiety, oral conscious sedation is also a good option for people who experience the following issues:

  • Poor gag reflex
  • Problems keeping mouth open
  • Major dental work is required
  • Difficulty remaining still for long periods of time
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cerebral palsy

What to Expect from the Oral Conscious Sedation Process

Patients will take their oral sedative at home before visiting the practice. Since the patient will not be in any state to operate a vehicle while experiencing the effects of these sedative drugs, he or she will need a loved one to assist them in arriving at the dental practice. The treatment is then performed, with the patient's general health and vitals monitored as treatment progresses.

At the end of treatment, patients will still not be in a fit state to operate a vehicle. This is where the loved one plays a role again, ensuring that the patient arrives home safely.

Alternatives to Oral Conscious Sedation

If oral conscious sedation proves to be a poor decision for the patient's needs, there are other kinds of treatment to consider. For one, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be inhaled for patients to achieve a more relaxed state. IV sedation can also be used as needed to introduce the sedative directly into the patient's bloodstream.

All options for sedation can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.

Learn More About Advanced Dental Care

If you would like to learn more about oral conscious sedation and how it can be beneficial to you, we encourage you to contact our dental care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent dental health without undue anxiety and stress.

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Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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