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Dr. Steinmetz has completed the honorable Fellowship in Sedation Dentistry, from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). In order to be awarded this prestigious title, Dr. Steinmetz completed advanced training, and was proven to have met the depth of experience and rigorous educational requirements. She has also published articles in sedation dentistry and has helped her profession by documenting important case studies in her more than 50 sedation cases.
You may watch a brief interview Dr. Steinmetz gave after she was awareded the prestigious Fellowship in Sedation Dentistry (only 1 in 10 doctors in the State of California have achieved this honorable fellowship).
For many, the memory of a painful dental experience overshadows the importance of maintaining their dental health. Their anxiety level can escalate by the simple thought of calling to set up a dental appointment. Traumatic childhood dental experiences can also surface during a dental visit though there is no real similarity to the past. Patients who suffer from these conditions benefit from dental procedures performed by Dr. Steinmetz using sedation dentistry.
Prior to their dental appointment, the patient takes a small pill and a companion drives them to their dental appointment. By the time they arrive, the patient is pleasantly drowsy and is escorted to a treatment room. The patient is then covered with a warm blanket and placed on a monitor to watch their vital signs. Another pill may or may not be administered. When the patient reaches a comfortable level of relaxation, their dental treatment begins. When the treatment is completed, the patient's companion drives them home to continue their sleep.
A major benefit is total relaxation and little or no memory of the treatment session.
Advantages of oral sedation include: It is easily administered (no needles), generally has a low incidence of side effects, the patient can breathe independently, and the patient retains the ability to interact with and respond to the dentist and staff. Dr. Steinmetz was featured in Valley Lifestyle Magazine regarding oral sedation.
Please take a moment to read the Sedation Dentistry Testimonials.
The ideal candidate for oral conscious sedation includes:
Adults ~18 yrs or older
-One who has a high degree of fear or dreads having dental treatment completed
-Is embarrassed about their teeth
-Has a difficult time getting numb or who gags easily
-Has very sensitive mouth
-One who needs to have their treatment completed in as few appointments as possible
-Someone who just doesn't like coming to the dentist
For More information on Oral Sedation Dentistry in San Ramon, please visit Dr. Steinmetz's web site dedicated to Sedation Dentistry:
Dr. Steinmetz's Sedation Dentistry Web Site