Do you know what a CRNA is? A CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. CRNA’s can work closely with a dentist to provide IV sedation to dental patients. Sedation may be a good option for dental patients who are fearful or apprehensive about having dental procedures done. Dentists can do small amounts of work, such as dental cleanings, or large amounts of work all while the patient is sedated and closely monitored by the CRNA.
Some dental patients prefer to be sedated for more complex or lengthy procedures, such as wisdom teeth extractions. If you think sedation is something you are interested in, ask your dentist about your options.
Bright Side Dental offers IV sedation to their patients. On their website brightsidedental.com they explain that “working with a qualified nurse anesthetist, our doctors can complete small and large amounts of dental work- from dental cleanings and exams to root canals and cosmetic procedures- in just one visit.”
Bright Side Dental works with Nancy Beckman, RNC CRNA MS. Here is her bio:
“Ms. Beckman studied Nursing at Mercy College of Detroit and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working as a staff Registered Nurse, nursing instructor and intensive care nurse in the Detroit Medical Center for fifteen years, she pursued a career in anesthesia and received a Masters of Science in Anesthesia from Wayne State University in 1987.
While working as a staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in a large suburban hospital, Ms. Beckman offered services to dental offices in the area. This practice grew to the formation of her company, Precept Anesthesia Services, Inc, which was formed in 1995. The company now serves over thirty dentists in fifteen offices in southeastern Michigan, and is the only anesthesia business dedicated to serving dental offices.
Ms. Beckman is a dynamic professional in the field of nurse anesthesia. She currently sits on both the registration committee for the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists and on the peer assistance committee for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Ms. Beckman has lectured extensively in her field. Her talents, caring and enthusiasm have made great contributions to patients, students and colleagues. Ms. Beckman enjoys full clinical privileges at all hospitals where she practices.
She is certified by the AANA, ANA and AHA and is licensed in both Michigan and Florida.”
So if you find yourself delaying your next dental visit or if you know you need dental work but you are avoiding setting up your appointment because you are fearful or anxious, dental sedation may just be the solution you’ve been looking for. I encourage you to be honest and communicate your fears to your dentist. Your dentist’s goal will be to have you complete any necessary dental treatment in the most comfortable way possible. Set up a consultation to discuss your sedation options today.
Bright Side Dental is a dental group with locations in Sterling Heights, St. Clair Shores, Livonia, Canton, Southfield, Clarkston and Royal Oak, Michigan. Visit www.BrightSideDental.com.