Comprehensive Dental Care, Implants, Tooth Removal, Root canal treatment, and other Dental Services can be Safely Completed and Anxiety-Free while Patients Sleep without Pain, Hearing Drills, or Talking. You Wake up only when Treatment is Completed.
Imagine a dental procedure or surgery in familiar surroundings without unnecessary hospital delays and no need to arrive two hours prior to your procedure. You are well acquainted with the dentist or surgeon who will provide care to you or your child. You should know your anesthesiologist as well - you are able to speak with him well before the day of surgery to discuss your needs. There are no discharge delays - you leave as soon as it is safe to do so, generally within thirty minutes of waking up. These are a few of the distinct advantages of having your procedure completed in an office-based setting. Below you will find additional details relevant to arranging your procedure in conjunction with our anesthesia services.
Our office does not directly schedule appointments for treatment with patients. We work directly with your dentist or surgeon to provide available dates that allow scheduling for you or your family. Therefore scheduling begins with contacting and consulting your dentist or surgeon. Their office staff will then contact our office to arrange for a scheduled treatment appointment with anesthesia services. We strive to maintain scheduled commitments and remain on time. We appreciate your flexibility in arranging for a suitable date and time for your treatment visit. In view of the time and coordination between our staff and your dentist’s office, as well as the urgency of other patient’s needs, any anticipated time conflicts should be discussed in advance. Given advanced notice, we will be happy to reschedule your anesthesia services if you experience unavoidable conflicts. In special circumstances or at the discretion of Drs. Boorin or Gluckman, we may ask for a scheduled anesthesia consultation to evaluate the suitability of providing an office anesthetic. At this visit, the patient and, where applicable, the family is interviewed and the patient will be briefly examined to consider options for his or her anesthesia care. In most cases, the consultation is completed in the office of the treating dentist but on occasion, as necessary, a second location may be chosen for convenience to everyone.
Everyone benefits when definite financial arrangements are agreed upon in advance. Accordingly, the following information is provided to acquaint our patients with our financial policies. Our practice does not directly participate with medical or dental insurance plans. Therefore payment for our anesthesia services is due in full on the day of the treatment or surgery. Due to the time, effort, and coordination involved with scheduling each patient, and the urgency of treatment required by some of our patients we require an advance deposit payable at the time your appointment date is confirmed. The deposit is refundable until 2 weeks prior to the scheduled date of treatment by request. If a decision is made by a patient to cancel the surgery within 2 weeks of the scheduled treatment or fails to abide by specific preoperative instructions provided by Drs. Boorin or Gluckman the deposit will be forfeit. A financial agreement form is included in the anesthesia packet you received from either our office or the office of the treating dentist/surgeon. This agreement should be reviewed and returned with the medical history questionnaire and preoperative instruction forms. It is important that insurance reimbursement for the anesthesia fee not be assumed. Many insurance plans DO NOT reimburse for anesthesia services associated with dental treatment or they have specific limitations or restrictions. Please contact and check with your dental and/or medical insurance company representative to discuss your specific benefits. You will receive a detailed Anesthesia Services Billing Statement at the conclusion of the office anesthesia procedure. This form can be submitted directly to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. Due to the insurance industry limitations on reimbursement for anesthesia services, we are only able to offer to submit medical insurance claims for pediatric patients.
Due to the time, effort, and coordination involved with scheduling each patient, and the urgency of treatment required by some of our patients we require an advance deposit payable at the time your appointment date is confirmed. The deposit is refundable until 2 weeks prior to the scheduled date of treatment by request. If a decision is made by a patient to cancel the surgery within 2 weeks of the scheduled treatment or fails to abide by specific preoperative instructions provided by Dr. Boorin and our staff, the deposit will be forfeit. Our office staff will discuss the deposit at the time you are contacted to discuss the planned anesthetic, review general information as well as health information. You will be asked to forward payment of the deposit by credit card, personal check [as long as there is sufficient time prior to the scheduled date of the procedure], money order, or cash [which will usually can be given to the office of the treating dentist for your convenience]. If there is an illness experienced by the patient immediately prior to or on the date of treatment and the procedure must be rescheduled then there is no loss of the deposit which is held for the upcoming treatment.
What is general anesthesia and intravenous sedation?General anesthesia and intravenous sedation are distinct levels of anesthetic management that use intravenous and inhalation anesthetics. Both levels provide a means of completing all of your dental or surgical needs while comfortable, pain-free, fully monitored and either asleep or sedated. Medication is routinely administered intravenously during the procedure rather than by gas anesthesia. The majority of our patients receive a light general anesthetic.
Is anesthesia safe for me or my child?Drs. Boorin and Gluckman are experienced clinicians, trained in the delivery of anesthesia for adults, children, and patients with special needs. They are responsible for each patient's anesthetic management and utilize the most up-to-date monitoring equipment. There are never any compromises in our patient's safety comfort, and care throughout the entire perio-operative period; during preparatory planning, before the day of treatment to beyond treatment completion. Prior to the day of the planned procedure there are several steps that are taken to ensure our complete understanding of your health history. A careful interview and evaluation process by the doctors and their staff and a medical evaluation by your primary care physician is required. Where indicated, phone consultations with your medical team are made to ensure we understand the planned treatment, medical limitations, and your or your child's ability to safely undergo an office anesthetic.
Do patients remember the treatment?Patients remain asleep throughout a general anesthetic and do not have any memory of the dental or surgical procedure. Patients awaken soon after their dentist or surgeon is finished without memories of the treatment, intravenous tubing, or the monitors. Within several hours of returning home, your energy level will begin to increase to near normal levels. Children are usually interested only in returning to their usual routines and play. When sedation is chosen for a dental or surgical procedure (not typically for children) patients may recall afterward hearing voices at the conclusion of the procedure but will not experience pain at any time.
What special preparation is needed for the anesthesia appointment?Prior to your appointment, our staff will contact you to review your health, or the health of your child, and the anesthesia plan. You will be informed about food and fluid intake restrictions. It is extremely important to not eat before anesthesia. If an illness develops prior to the scheduled procedure, you must contact our office so we may address the severity of the illness and discuss options. Several recommendations will be made in preparation for the day of treatment. This will ensure a smooth transition from your arrival in the dentist’s office to discharge after your recovery. Patients will be tired and sleepy following the anesthetic. You will need to return home and maintain minimal activity until the next day when following a regular routine is expected unless dental or surgical procedures require futher rest at home.
We still have concerns and would like to speak to someone about the anesthetic appointment.We are happy to speak with you at any time during the planning stages of the anesthesia visit, on the treatment day, and following the completion of treatment. Questions for the doctor can be answered in most cases by arranging for a followup phone call to you. We will be available to address your questions and concerns.
The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. Please contact our office by phone or complete the appointment request form below. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment. If you are an existing patient, this contact form should not be utilized for communicating private health information.
P.O Box 107
Dix Hills, NY 11746
Tel: (631) 940-3690