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5465 Blair Rd. Suite 120
Dallas, TX 75231  
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Dental Anesthesia Specialists offers quality focused anesthesia care. You will always receive a phone call from Dr. Seifikar a few days prior to the procedure to discuss the health questionnaire form completed, review pre & post-operative instructions and discuss any questions you might have with regards to your anesthesia.  You can take comfort in knowing that your anesthesia will never be delegated to another professional. Dr. Seifikar will stay with you or your child for the entire duration of the dental surgery.   

Why Mobile Dental Anesthesia?

The dental office can often be associated with anxiety and pain. Many patients have deep rooted fears when visiting the dentist.  Whether its anxiety, fear, limiting medical conditions, inability to get numb, hyperactive gag reflex or needle phobia; anesthesia will provide a comfortable and safe alternative to much needed treatment.

Mobile anesthesia is a growing trend in United States. With an ever increasing health care cost, more provider will chose to have their patients seen in an office setting because it is more cost effective and convenient.

Dentists love working with our team because they can render the necessary treatment in the comfort of their dental office. In most cases, extensive treatments due to years of neglect can be eliminated in a single appointment with anesthesia.

Pediatrics

dr-s-and-child.jpg We provide the highest standard of quality when it comes to providing anesthesia for your child, and we want the same level of quality when it comes to your child’s smile. Therefore, we are selective in working only with the best pediatric specialists. So when you schedule with our services, you can rest assured that your child will receive quality dental work in a safe and comfortable environment.

The mouth is a very personal area and highly innervated. Many fearful children have had painful dental experiences. These experiences often lead them to have dental anxiety and to avoid the dentist. Many of these children will carry these fears well into their adult lives.

Anesthesia can be an adjunct to treatment for uncooperative children. Usually the fear of a protracted dental treatment and multiple local anesthetic shots can turn an otherwise cooperative child into a frightened and inconsolable patient. Anesthesia can help alleviate these anxieties in the face of extensive dental work. Children have natural fears of the unknown. Anything one can do to relieve these anxieties (for example bring a favorite blanket or toy) will greatly improve your child's experience.

Special Needs

Special_needs_big.jpg The special needs population is very diverse. The indications for sedation and anesthesia are just as varied. How they are pre-medicated (to get into the dental chair and have an IV started), induced (put to sleep), maintained (stay asleep) and emerge (wake up) is tailored to their needs and dental treatment requirements.

The special needs patient can be very challenging to treat in the general dental office environment. How Dr. Seifikar treats this patient population depends on their physical (wheelchair bound, contractures, uncontrolled movements, etc.) and mental ability to cope with entering the dental office or treatment room, and allowing an IV to be started.

Dr. Seifikar received formal training in providing anesthesia for special needs patients while in residency at the Center for Patients with Special Needs clinic in University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He has extensive experience when it comes to treating special needs with conditions such as Mental Retardation, Autism, Cerebral palsy, Alzheimer, ADHD, ADD and Down syndrome.   

Adults:

adults-2.jpg Patients that are fearful, needle phobic, anxious, don't get numb, are gaggers, do not like someone working in their mouth, may require anesthesia.

Having a dentist anesthesiologist solely dedicated to the anesthesia allows for greater safety. The treating dentist will be relieved of the responsibilities of the anesthesia and will be able to focus on the dental procedures. In most cases, multiple visits may be condensed into a single appointment.

The familiar surroundings of your own dentist's office will also help you through this anxious time. You will not have to endure going to the intimidating hospital operating room at it's high cost. If you do not have a dentist you are completely satisfied with, Dr. Seifikar will refer you to any one of the excellent dentists he associates with in order to meet your special needs.


FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS
 

Why Anesthesia Is Necessary?

Certain complex cases, including patients that don't get numb, are gaggers, do not like someone working in their mouth, needle phobic, anxious, special needs patients and children may require anesthesia. The degree of anesthesia in such cases can vary between moderate to deep sedation and general anesthesia.

Dr. Seifikar is exceptionally well trained at providing all levels of anesthesia so that your dentist can fully focus on your oral procedure. This allows for a safer, more predictable and comfortable experience for both the patient and the dentist.

Anesthesia is important because it eliminates pain and anxiety during the procedure, allowing the dentist more time to perform complicated procedures and reduce physical shock and emotional stress.

 

Is mobile anesthesia safe?

Mobile anesthesia is a growing trend in United States. With an ever increasing health care cost, more provider will chose to have their patients seen in an office setting because it is more cost effective and convenient.

Advances in anesthetic drugs and equipment enable a trained dentist anesthesiologist to transform any dental office into an operating room, complete with hospital grade monitors, anesthesia machines and emergency equipment. Our anesthetics include airway protection with a flexible LMA (laryngeal mask airway) to protect the airway from foreign substances such as water, blood, tooth particles and dental materials while ensuring oxygen delivery to the lungs. You can take comfort in knowing our highly- trained anesthesiologist will continuously monitor you throughout the case.

Dr. Seifikar and staff will monitor blood pressure, EKG, Temperature, Pulse oximetry (oxygen levels) and gas analysis (CO2, O2, N2O and anesthetic gas levels). Dental Anesthesia Specialists meets and exceeds all state requirements concerning in-office anesthesia.    
 

Are there any side effects?

Post-operative shivering, dry mouth and drowsiness are the most common minor side effects observed. They will run their course fairly quickly (5-15mins). Children may wake up irritable but return to normal after being consoled and can resume their normal activity within several hours. If you have any specific questions or concerns, feel free to contact us directly and Dr. Seifikar will address them directly.   
 

Do you accept insurance?

We DO NOT accept insurance as a form of payment since most insurance companies work hard to deny out of facility anesthesia. We collect the anesthesia fee in full a few days prior to your surgery and at the conclusion of the appointment provide you with the forms so you may submit them to the insurance company directly.

We encourage you to contact your insurance carriers (Medical & Dental) before your procedure and ask questions. It is our belief that if you are persistent, you can obtain some reimbursement for anesthesia services. It is important to note than in most instances, after deductibles, copays, and miscellaneous charges, you will pay less out of pocket with mobile in office anesthesia.
 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, Care Credit, and cash. We don’t accept personal checks at this time.

What type of medication do we use?

The advantage of having medications delivered via I.V. Sedation/General Anesthesia by a trained Dentist Anesthesiologist is that the medications are individualized to the specific needs of the patient. The specific medications used are selected for their safety, immediate action, accuracy and predictability. The medications will be administered slowly and cautiously without any set dosing to allow the anesthesia to be specific to the needs of each individual patient.

The most common medications used in our dental surgeries are propofol, midazolam and dexamethasone. These drugs are quickly metabolized by the body leading to shorter recovery times and less post-operative drowsiness.
 

Does the American Academy of Pediatrics Dentistry (AAPD) endorse office anesthesia?

Yes. In their most recent Guidelines of Anesthesia Personnel in the Administration of Office-based deep sedation/general anesthesia to the Pediatric Dental Patient in 2012, the AAPD disclosed the following statement.

“Deep sedation/general anesthesia in the dental office can provide benefits for the patient and the dental team.  Access to care may be improved.  The treatment may be scheduled more easily and efficiently.  Facility charges and administrative procedures may be less than those associated with a surgical center.  Complex or lengthy treatment can be provided comfortably while minimizing patient memory of the dental procedure.  Movement by the patient is decreased, and the quality of care may be improved.  The dentist can use his/her customary in-office delivery system with access to trained auxiliary personnel, supplemental equipment, instrumentation, or supplies should the need arise.  The use of anesthesia personnel to administer sedation/general anesthesia in the pediatric dental population is an accepted treatment modality”
 

Is office-based or ambulatory anesthesia endorsed by the ADA?

The ADA made this statement is 2005: “Ambulatory anesthesia is an integral part of the management of anxiety and pain control for dental patients.  It is in the best interest of the public and the profession that access to this cost-effective service be widely available.”