General Anesthesia in Walnut Creek, CA

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If you have a complex dental treatment plan, general anesthesia may be recommended. This kind of sedation typically uses a mix of IV medication and inhaled gasses to allow a patient to be entirely unconscious for the span of the treatment. While general anesthesia is not usually recommended, it could be suitable for difficult procedures as it enables the patient to stay entirely relaxed and not feel any fear or discomfort. When under general anesthesia, our anesthesiologist will monitor your vitals to ensure your safety. To learn more information about general anesthesia and to find out if it is the right sedation option to help lessen your dental fears, reach out to Life Dental & Orthodontics now to book a consultation.

Before any treatment begins, you will sit with your Life Dental & Orthodontics dentist during a consultation. At the appointment, we'll give a rundown of any necessary procedures and whether general anesthesia will be recommended, and if it is, decide if you are a good candidate. If you are determined to be a proper candidate, we will give you info on how to best get ready for your treatment and address any questions you might have. When you come for your treatment, our experienced anesthesiologist, Dr. Diana Belli, will administer your general anesthetic through an IV, injection, or mask. The moment you are anesthetized, a breathing tube will be placed to help you receive enough oxygen during the treatment, and you will be observed before, during, and shortly after your procedure to ensure your safety.

Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

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Absolutely love this place! Friendly and accommodating staff and I really appreciate Dr Hockel’s knowledge of what’s going on with not only my teeth, but how it all works together with my airway and everything else too!

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I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!

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A bit challenging to say "loved it" for a visit to the dentist, but we have been clients of Dr. Brian Hockel and his father before him for close to thirty years. We have been very pleased with the dental service, the staff and the facilities. Dr. Brian is very skilled and goes out of his way to provide holistic, thorough and caring treatment. He's a fine dentist (and a good musician and magician, as well). His staff is excellent. They are very well trained , friendly and empathetic.

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Very friendly and knowledgeable.

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If you require an intricate treatment plan, our caring team at Life Dental & Orthodontics provides general anesthesia to help you feel cozy and safe. To discover more about safe sedation options and how they might be utilized during your oral services, call our Walnut Creek, CA office now to ask for a consultation.

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