Sedation Dentisty/Relaxation Dentistry/Conscious sedation
Dr. Timothy Kosinski received his sedation dentistry experience at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio in 1984. For over 20 years Dr. Kosinski has provided dental treatment to apprehensive, physically or mentally challenged patients right in his office. He is current with ACLS and BCLS courses and has all the proper equipment to monitor your condition at all times. Along with his well trained staff, Dr. Kosinski safely and effectively allows patients to relatively unaware of their fears or concerns during their dental therapy, including the sound of the drill or any smells associated with a dental office. The safe and effective options Dr. Kosinski provides make visiting the dentist a pleasant experience to eliminate problems in your mouth.
What are the reasons patients would search out a dentist who performs sedation dentistry?
- A history of a negative or traumatic experience.
- A hard time with local anesthetic, having a hard time “getting numb.”
- A difficult gag reflex.
- Apprehension with the dentist or dental treatment.
- Wanting to get all or most of your dental needs completed in one visit.
- Having sensitive teeth.
- A physical or mental compromise that makes going to a dentist difficult.
- The need for a surgical procedure, like dental implants or extractions, or complex dental therapy.
The negative feeling about going to the dentist can be blocked out. Fear is a negative motivator. Once you visit our office for a consultation we may be able to make you understand that we CAN create a positive experience in the dental chair, and eliminate your unsightly smile and eliminate the pain of broken down teeth. Most procedures are done right in our office in our surgical suite. More complex situations may require the help of an anesthesiologist or for the work to be done in a hospital setting.
What is done and how does sedation dentistry work?
A thorough consultation by one of our dentists will determine if you are a candidate for sedation techniques. We will clearly take the time to discuss your options and decide what is best for your INDIVIDUAL situation.
Sedative drugs, such as valium, Demerol and Benadryl are given intravenously. All medications are thus able to enter your body and the effects controlled. You will breath on your own, with some supplemental oxygen. In other cases, oral sedatives can be given to relax you.
You probably will have little memory of the procedures or at least the time will pass very quickly.
You won’t remember the sounds and smells associated with dental care.
You will be relaxed during the entire procedure, which may be several hours.
Difficult or complex procedures can often be done in one visit, rather than spreading over many dental visits.
There will be no problem getting numb, even if you’ve had a problem in the past.
You will not feel pain.
You WILL need someone with you during this procedure and will NOT be able to drive yourself home. The day of sedation is really a wash, and no important decisions should be made that day. You will want to go home and relax until the medication completely goes out of your system.
Types of sedation used in our office:
Conscious sedation is a minimally depressed level of consciousness. You are able to maintain your breathing and respond appropriately to verbal and physical stimuli. I will be able to speak to you during a procedure and you will be able to respond, but you will be in a relaxed state.
Intravenous sedation (IV sedation) is known as deep conscious sedation. I will place a small butterfly needle in your arm and all medications are given directly into the blood stream through this line. The greatest advantage is that I will be able to control how deep you need to be during certain procedures and the effects are instant. The drugs used are more effective than if given orally and you probably won’t remember most of the procedures.
Oral sedation is relaxation when you take a pill. You will be breathing on your own and even sometimes fall asleep. The disadvantage is that the amount of medication needed for an individual is sometimes difficult to determine. This is an easier approach since you will simply take a pill according to our directions and it works well for most people. However, we can’t change the level of sedation during the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide is also used in our practice. This “laughing gas” can allow you to fall asleep and you can control your feeling with the depth of the breaths you take. This technique works well if you are mildly apprehensive.
If you have concerns about your dental visits or are afraid of needles, give us a chance to talk to you about these procedures that will help you accept proper dental treatment. WE CAN HELP!
Pain free and anxiety free dentistry is available in our community at the office of Dr. Kosinski and his well trained staff. Relax through those procedures you’ve hated.
Our office is wheel chair acceptable and Dr. Kosinski will attempt to treat physically and mentally challenged patients right here in our office.
Get that smile you always wanted, eliminate those painful teeth. Once your mouth is in a healthy state, we will continue to monitor your progress and try to make sure you keep your teeth for the rest of your life.
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