sedation dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Is anxiety keeping you from getting much-needed dental care?

You do not have to sacrifice your oral health due to a fear of the dentist.

Todd Fincher DDS, and his teams in Columbus and Greenwood, MS, offer non-narcotic sedation dentistry to help you relax.

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Experience Relaxation and Comfort in Total Safety

Dr. Todd Fincher and his staff of dental professionals, serving Columbus, Greenwood, and Greenville, MS, believe that everyone should have access to high-quality oral health care in a safe, controlled setting. Whether you are looking to replace missing teeth with dental implants, need significant cosmetic dentistry work, or are due for a routine cleaning, sedation dentistry makes anxiety-free oral care possible for everyone. 

For those with severe dental anxiety, a complex case, or mobility control issues, we offer a range of safe sedation dentistry options. Together with his nurse anesthesiologist, Dr. Fincher is proud to offer narcotic-free sedation using a medication called Propofol. Compared to traditional anesthesia techniques, Propofol has a rapid onset, quick recovery, and a reduced risk of negative sedative side effects. For patients with anxiety who want to achieve milder levels of conscious sedation, we also offer nitrous oxide.

Do not let a fear of the dentist get in the way or receiving the dental care you need. Call Dr. Fincher and his team at (662) 595-4300 or contact us online to set up an appointment.

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Dr. Todd Fincher DDS

Mary A.

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I love my new smile that Dr. Fincher gave me! He and his staff were great and I highly recommend Dr. Fincher! As a mature woman, my teeth had yellowed and gotten shorter in length! Dr. Fincher fixed that with veneers and even straightened some of my teeth! Thank you again Dr. Fincher!

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Russell D.

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Dr. Fincher is such a great person. I recently had my veneers done by him & it was such a great experience. He did an excellent job! I can’t stop looking at them! I would recommend him to anyone. If anyone is thinking about getting any work done by him, GO FOR IT ! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Our Team Can Safely Perform Sedation Dentistry with Minimal Side Effects

Dentist Todd Fincher provides two types of sedation dentistry to patients in greater Greenwood, MS: in-office and in-hospital. During in-office cases at our dentistry, Dr. Fincher works with a registered nurse anesthetist to fully sedate adult patients suffering from dental phobia or needing particularly complex treatments. Our practice is equipped with tools that allow us to closely monitor your vitals and the amount of medication provided. This helps avoid over-sedation and allows you to be fully awake just 15 minutes after treatment. At our dentistry, we have performed over 150 cases with no negative side effects.

What Makes Our Sedation Services Unique

Many traditional forms of sedation often leave patients feeling ill for hours after their general, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry procedure. To avoid these sedative side effects while still providing patients with a way to remain comfortable during surgery (such as replacing missing teeth with dental implants), we use Propofol.

Initially developed by a plastic surgeon for clinical use, Propofol offers:

  • Very rapid onset of relaxation
  • Effects that subside quickly after treatment 
  • Reduced risk of negative side effects

With Propofol, our dentist strives to virtually eliminate the risk of unpleasant side effects while achieving deep levels of sedation.

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Like traditional IV sedation, propofol is administered intravenously during treatment. 

What to Expect During Your Procedure

While some dentists administer sedation medication and perform the necessary procedure themselves, we always use two dedicated dental professionals to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. Before receiving dental treatment, our dentist will review your medical history and conduct a health evaluation to determine if Propofol is appropriate to your needs. If so, on the day of treatment, our nurse anesthesiologist will administer Propofol via a needle at the back of the hand.

Throughout your appointment at our dentistry, our team will carefully monitor your vitals using state-of-the-art equipment. Once the needle administering Propofol is removed, you can expect the effects to wear off within minutes.

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Fully Equipped and Fully Certified

To ensure your safety, our dental staff uses a number of tools while administering sedation, including:

  • Criticare Monitor: This chairside monitor keeps track of your vitals.
  • Infusion Pump: This device makes it virtually impossible to over-sedate a patient by delivering a predetermined amount of Propofol in a controlled manner.
  • BIS™ Monitor: This monitor measures brain activity so the doctors can sedate you according to your neurological function as well as your vitals.

Combined, these state-of-the-art tools precisely monitor your sedation during the procedure, reducing the risk of complications.

Both of our office locations are also equipped with nitrous oxide if you prefer a milder form of conscious sedation. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is easily controlled by our dentist and the effects wear off quickly.

Our sedation techniques make it possible for us to help children and adults get the treatment they need with minimal discomfort and life-changing results.

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Supervised Sedation for Children

For young patients over the age of two who have significant oral health issues, Dr. Fincher works with a local hospital to provide safe sedation dentistry in a controlled environment. 

Sedation Dentistry for Children

Often, children and special needs patients present unique challenges during treatment for complex cases. Dr. Fincher works with Greenwood Leflore Hospital to provide sedation dental services for children and special needs patients who can benefit it. Because the environment is highly regulated, sedation dentistry in a hospital provides an added level of safety.

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Dr. Fincher and his team of compassionate professionals care about your unique oral health needs. We strive to deliver an experience that surpasses your expectations. Dr. Fincher holds several distinctions:

  • Member of the American Dental Association
  • Official Dental Sponsor of Miss Mississippi USA
  • Practicing pediatric dentist at Greenwood Leflore Hospital

Call Dr. Fincher and his team in Greenwood, MS, at (662) 595-4300 or contact us online to setup an appointment. We serve patients in Greenville, Columbus, and nearby areas.

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