Dental sedation can enable a wider range of patients to receive the dental care they need and achieve their oral health and cosmetic goals. Dr. Doroshenko is certified in the administration of oral conscious sedation. Our dentists in Baltimore, MD can offer anxious and fearful patients a solution that makes a dentist visit more pleasant and relaxing.
What is oral conscious sedation?
Typically administered in pill form, oral conscious sedation will suppress a part of the nervous system associated with anxiety and pain. While sedated, patients are able to feel relaxed and pain-free while still in control of their bodies and responsive as needed. Conscious sedation is often referred to as “twilight” sedation.
In most cases, there is little to no memory of your dental procedure afterward. This type of sedation is considered safe for most patients, but Dr. Doroshenko will discuss your medical history and physical health before recommending dental sedation as part of your overall treatment.
How does “sleep dentistry” work?
Once it is determined that sedation with an oral sedative is safe for you, Dr. Doroshenko will provide a prescription for an at home dose to be taken prior to your visit. Oral sedatives require an hour or more to take effect. Any additional instructions will be given so that you can arrive with your escort in a relaxed state. If needed, a second dose may be given when you arrive.
Before your procedure we will ensure that you are comfortable and pain free, relaxing in the dentist’s chair. When your treatment is complete, you will be escorted to the waiting room and can be driven home by your designated driver. It will take several hours for the sedative to completely wear off so plan on spending the rest of the day relaxing at home or in the care of a relative or friend.
We offer the option of dental sedation for a range of reasons:
- Dental anxiety and fear: for anyone who experiences anxiety, high levels of stress or fear when visiting the dentist, sedation can make it possible to receive your care feeling stress-free.
- Complex dental procedures: if your treatment is considered invasive or complex, we may offer sedation to keep you comfortable for an extended period of time and make it easier for our team to care for you in an efficient manner.
- Restoring dental health: for patients needing dental implants or who have been away from the dentist and require a series of treatments to restore their smile, dental sedation can enable your dentist to perform several procedures in a single visit.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
What should I do before dental sedation?
Patients cannot eat or drink for 6 hours before being sedated at the dentist. Patients can have water up until 2 hours before their appointment. Patients should also be sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before their procedure.
How long does dental sedation take to wear off?
Dental sedation takes 3-6 hours to wear off. Patients may feel some slight effects of the sedation for up to 24 hours after the procedure.
Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?
Patients should feel no pain during the procedure if they are sedated. Sedation keeps patients relaxed and free from pain to ensure a comfortable experience.
Can you still feel pain with laughing gas?
Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide dulls the nervous system. It helps remove anxiety and allows patients to feel calm before their procedure.
What can I expect during oral sedation?
Depending on the dose patients may feel more or less sedated. Some patients may knock out and not remember anything, while some may slightly doze off in the chair. Patients should expect to not remember much, and be unable to communicate through the procedure.
Can you drive after dental sedation?
Patients should plan to have a friend or family member drive them home after their appointment. Do not drive yourself to your dental appointment if you plan on receiving dental sedation. Driving while still recovering from sedation is very dangerous and can have unintended consequences.
Schedule a Sedation Dentistry Consultation for Your Piece of Mind
We are your comprehensive and patient-focused dentists in Baltimore, MD. Give Dr. Doroshenko a call at (410) 697-6290 and let us know that you are interested in discussing your dental sedation options at Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry.