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    Suffering from a Variety
    of Medical Conditions

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    for Complex Dental Work
    or Severe Dental Anxieties

What Is Sleep Dentistry?

You may be wondering just what is sleep dentistry? Sleep dentistry refers to any sort of dental care performed while a person is either partially or fully asleep. Administering Nitrous Oxide Gas, oral medications, intravenous medications, or some combination of these enables patients to sleep through dental treatments. Both Sedation and General Anesthesia can be used in sleep dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Next we will explain what sedation dentistry is. Sedation involves the use of oral or intravenous medications to calm patients and put them in a drowsy, sleep-like state. Sedated patients still have their reflexes, and can be somewhat responsive to commands.  Sedation is often used in the dentist’s office and can be used in combination with local anesthetics. A local anesthetic such as Novocaine can be injected at or near the site of the dental work to eliminate any feeling in that specific area.

What is General Anesthesia?

Before having sleep dentistry, you should understand what general anesthesisa is. General anesthesia refers to not only the elimination of feeling, but also the loss of consciousness. General anesthesia is achieved through the administration of drugs that produce a deep, unconscious sleep state. While under general anesthesia, a person is fully asleep and unresponsive to questions and commands. General anesthesia is used primarily in hospitals or surgery centers and is administered by Anesthesiologists or special trained Anesthetists under a doctor’s supervision. To assure the patient’s safety, the Anesthesiologist or Anesthetist monitors their health and breathing while they are under general anesthesia.

Sleep Dentistry can be used for patients with severe dental phobias or severe gag reflexes as well as for patients with medical conditions that make traditional dental care unsafe or uncomfortable. This includes patients who are developmentally disabled or who have special needs. It is also a good option for patients who are unable to get numb using local anesthetics or who are allergic to local anesthetics. Sleep dentistry also enables patients who require a large amount of dental work to receive several procedures in a single visit.
If you would like more information regarding sleep/sedation dentistry and how it may benefit you or a special care patient in your practice, please give David Kurtzman, DDS a call today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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David Kurtzman D.S.S.

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Dr. Kurtzman was professional and friendly as he and his staff always are. He explained everything clearly and provided steps for me to follow through. I have been seeing Dr. K for over 20 years and would not go to anyone else.

Andrea T.

They work with you to find an appointment time that’s convenient. They send timely reminders. You’re welcomed and any needs are met. Dr. Kurtzman explain what the plan/procedure is for the appointment. He explains what he’s doing and answers questions. He discusses next steps or followup. He never makes you feel you’re asking dumb questions or rushing him. Wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Valerie M.

Dr. Kurtzman is the best!!! He made my root canal virtually pain free! He is so friendly and explained everything throughout the procedure. Highly recommend!!!

Kelli B.

Having recently moved to Marietta we were most concerned about leaving our medical professionals behind. Dr. Kurtzman and his team quickly allayed all our concerns. From simple cleaning to complex implant procedures they made it all seem effortless. Loved the atmosphere of the office and the people were truly cheerful and friendly and skillful.

Chris L.

I came to see Dr. K to fix a filling done by another provider. The filling had caused pain ever since it was done eight months prior and the other provider was unable to figure out why even after two follow-up visits. Dr. K determined that the filling was loose and replaced it. The replacement process was almost spa-like thanks to the relaxing gas and deft skills of Dr. K. Now, this filling fits perfectly and I can chew on that side of my mouth for the first time in eight months. Thank You, Dr. K!

Cristal C.

I have been a patient of Dr. David Kurtzman for years, even before he opened his current office in Kennesaw. He and his dental hygienists provide professional and friendly service. Dr. Kurtzman is the best!

Bill C.

Great dentist and oral hygenist Laurie. Visits are almost fun. Have been going to Dr K for over 30 yrs. Where one dentist told him many years ago it was not worth trying to save my teeth Dr K ignored, worked with me, and I still have my teeth.

Sharon B.

Hello all, Zanifer's family are all pleased with the care and results of her last visit. I am even more happy to receive confirmation that we are doing a very good job in maintaining her oral hygiene. My wife, even with her medical condition acknowledges the kindness from each of you. Thanks again and a Very Happy Mothers day to all the Mommy's. Kris

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