Sedation With Minimized Side Effects​

Dr. Todd Fincher and his staff believe that every patient should have access to high-quality dental care in a safe, controlled setting. For patients with severe 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 a unique, narcotic-free sedation medication called Propofol at his Greenwood, MS, office. Compared to traditional anesthesia techniques, Propofol has a rapid onset, quick recovery, and a reduced risk of negative side effects. For patients who want to achieve milder levels of relaxation, we also offer nitrous oxide at both of our locations in Greenwood and Columbus.

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

What Makes Our Sedation Unique

Many traditional forms of sedation, including narcotic oral medication and intravenous (IV) general anesthesia, often leave patients feeling ill for hours after their procedure. To avoid these side effects while still providing patients with a way to remain comfortable during surgery, we use Propofol.

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

  • Very rapid onset of relaxation
  • Quick removal
  • Expedited recovery
  • Reduced risk of negative side effects

With Propofol, we strive to virtually eliminate the risk of unpleasant side effects while achieving deep levels of IV conscious sedation.

What to Expect During Your Procedure

While some doctors both administer sedation and perform the procedure, we always use two dedicated professionals to ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. Before treatment, Dr. Fincher 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 the drug via a needle in the arm of the back of the hand. Most patients quickly fall into a state of conscious drowsiness.

Throughout the appointment, our team will carefully monitor your vitals using state-of-the-art equipment. Once the needle administering Propofol is removed, you can enjoy a quick recovery without negative side effects.

Supervised Sedation for Children

For young patients over the age of 2 who have significant oral health issues, Dr. Fincher works with a local hospital to provide safe sedation dentistry in a controlled environment. 

Fully Equipped and Fully Certified

To ensure your safety, our 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 to the patient 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, or "laughing gas," if you prefer a milder form of sedation.

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.

Sedation Dentistry for Children

Oftentimes, children and special needs patients present unusual challenges during treatment for complex cases. Dr. Fincher works with Greenwood Leflore Hospital to provide sedation dental services for children or special needs patients who benefit from getting their dental work done while they sleep. Because the environment is highly regulated, sedation dentistry in a hospital provides an extra level of safety for patients, as well.

Take Advantage of Comfort in Safety

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. 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) 453-1708 for the Greenwood office or (662) 328-1825 for the Columbus office for more information or contact us online to setup an appointment.

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