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Jerome Smith | Doctor
Dr. J. Jerome Smith

Dr. J. Jerome Smith graduated cum laude from the University of Louisiana, then completed his studies at LSU’s School Dentistry. He has been practicing comprehensive, state-of-the art dentistry for more than 35 years. For the past three decades, he has focused on implant dentistry and comprehensive adult reconstructive care.

Among Dr. Smith’s many career highlights are receiving recognition as a Diplomate for the International Congress of Oral Implantology and serving as a Past Continuing Education Chairman for the Academy of General Dentistry. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU School of Dentistry. He is involved with Latin World Ministries Dental/Medical Project and the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic.

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Daniel Domingue | Doctor
Dr. Danny Domingue

Dr. Daniel Domingue was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, graduating from St. Thomas More. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for his undergraduate degree, then completed his DDS degree at the LSU School Dentistry in New Orleans. Prior to joining his uncle’s practice, he practiced dentistry for several years in Lake Charles.

Dr. Domingue has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including Diplomate from the American Board of Oral Implantology, the highest award possible for general dentists practicing implantology. He was the youngest dentist to ever receive this recognition.

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  • “ Dr. Smith and Domingue are absolutely amazing! They do amazing work and they are very accommodating. Dr. Domingue saw me on Labor day to do an emergency fix for me on his day off! They have the nicest staff. I recommend them 100%.”
    Alivia F.
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  • “ I have had the best experience with Dr. Domingue and his staff! He's kind, professional, and is extremely involved with every aspect of the patient care. His staff is one of the friendliest I have ever met. They don't only work in your mouth, they form real professional relationships. Dr. Domingue recently told me he was going to work with my time because, "you are way busier than I am". What a humble statement! I was so impressed when he recently shared that he was going on a mission trip to serve in Mexico. I think he is a gift to the lafayette community, and everyone needs to know.”
    Laura M.
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  • “ Most people don't enjoy going to the dentist but I actually do. Dr. Domingue is extremely caring and knowledgeable and the entire staff is so kind every time I have an appointment. Thank you for your excellent service! I HIGHLY recommend this group.”
    Hannah B.
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Sedation Dentistry in Lafayette, LA

According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), about 30% of Americans are not getting the dental care they need because of fear and anxiety directed toward the dentist. Because patients who are anxious tend to put off visiting the dentist until something hurts, the treatment required to fix the problem is more involved, which creates more anxiety – and a vicious cycle.

At Drs. Smith and Domingue, we think it’s time to change this. Everyone deserves to have good oral health. If fear and anxiety have kept you from visiting the dentist, give us a call and find out about IV sedation dentistry.

 

Is IV Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Some patients need sedation for cleanings and other routine procedures while others are fine with cleanings but fear procedures like root canals and fillings. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, we can work with you to make sure that every appointment is comfortable and stress free.

The best way to decide if IV sedation dentistry will help you is to schedule a consultation with us before we decide on any necessary treatment. We are happy to meet with you, discuss your concerns, and talk to you about your options, which could include IV sedation.

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry comes in a variety of forms. You’ve probably heard of nitrous oxide, which is sometimes called “laughing gas.” This is a mild sedative that is breathed in and produces a light euphoria while reducing the sensation of pain. The effects wear off as soon as the mask is removed.

Another type of sedation dentistry is oral sedation, in which you take an anti-anxiety medication by mouth shortly before your scheduled appointment. While the medication relaxes you and makes you feel calm, you also stay awake and alert throughout the appointment. You do, however, need someone to drive you home afterward since the effects can linger.

In IV sedation dentistry, the medication is administered intravenously. We can use a topical anesthetic if you like to make sure that you don’t feel a thing. You’ll notice the calming effects of the medication very quickly, and we can adjust your dose whenever we need to. While some of our patients do fall asleep, most stay awake during the procedure. You will feel no discomfort, and your procedure will seem to fly by.

The Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry

We will discuss which level of sedation dentistry is right for you based on your level of fear and anxiety. All forms of sedation dentistry will relax you and allow you to get the dental care you need without any worries about pain or discomfort.

IV sedation dentistry has some specific benefits when compared to other forms of sedation dentistry, including:

  • Controlling any gag reflex
  • Allowing a longer, more involved procedure to be performed in one appointment
  • Flexibility and adjustability in dosing to customize your level of sedation
  • Very little memory of the actual procedure or the sensations of the dental office, which are often anxiety producing
  • Fast onset, especially when compared to oral sedation

To find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, please call our office today to schedule your consultation with Acadiana dentists Dr. Jerome Smith or Dr. Danny Domingue.