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. He can offer anxious and fearful patients a solution that makes a visit to our office 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.
Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?
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.