Falls Church, VA
Modern anesthesia techniques now make it possible to perform intricate surgery in the office with no discomfort. Several different types of anesthetics are used by Dr. Gouldin and Dr. Carlos to alleviate pain and control anxiety during a multitude of non-surgical and surgical procedures.
For example, local anesthesia is utilized to assure a pain free environment, and thus facilitate our periodontal or implant intervention. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” or oral sedation with medications such as triazolam can also be used as adjuncts to enhance the effectiveness of local anesthetic techniques.
When deeper relaxation and sedative techniques are required, intravenous (IV) sedation can be used to provide a “twilight sleep” for patient comfort. In addition to completing their post-doctoral courses in Intravenous Conscious Sedation at their respective residency programs, Drs. Gouldin and Carlos were awarded Conscious/Moderate Sedation Permits from the Virginia Board of Dentistry. They have performed over 1000 successful procedures with the aid of conscious sedation. Both doctors are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
In summary, different procedures require varying anesthetic techniques. Drs. Gouldin and Carlos will discuss the options available to you so that you can decide which modality is most appropriate for your needs.
Finally, in certain situations, it is necessary for patients to have a deeper level of anesthesia than Drs. Gouldin or Carlos can provide. In these instances, a Board Certified Anesthesiologist comes to our office to provide and monitor the sedation allowing our doctors to completely focus their attention on healing our patients.