Dr. Osmolinski will thoroughly evaluate patient medical history and physical status at the consultation appointment. She will conduct any additional consultation with your primary care physician, or medical specialist with appropriate medical workup if necessary. This is all done in order to optimize patients long-term outcome and assure minimal complication during the procedure.
The patient is at ease and aware of surroundings when under mild sedation, while in a more relaxed state of consciousness. If needed, you will still have the ability to respond to verbal commands and stimulation. Incremental dosing to reach the recommended dose is common, as many patients differ in their needs and requirements for a treatment.
Moderate sedation is categorized as a deeper state of relaxation, with responsiveness to light stimulation. Patients may feel drowsy and may sleep during the procedure. Dr. Osmolinski and her staff are knowledgeable of each level of sedation and assures safety during the needed level of unconsciousness.
At certain points in the procedure, deep sedation is required for a patient to receive the dental treatment they need. The patient is in a deeper sleep to avoid anxiety and discomfort. The patient will be breathing independently, with supplemental oxygen given in most instances. This type of monitored care is highly effective and allows the dentist to provide full dental care in complete comfort for every individual, regardless of previous dental experiences.
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness where a patient cannot see or hear anything during a procedure. The medication can be administered through various routes, and can be done in both, a hospital operating room and the dental office. It is an extension of deep sedation, helping limit movement and discomfort during dental treatment. A highly trained and specialized dental anesthesiologist is required to provide this type of anesthesia to assure an absolute patient safety throughout the procedure.
Postoperative Recovery Period
The duration of the recovery phase after General Anesthesia depends on several factors related to the drugs used and the individual patient's body response to them, age and general health. Some pre-existing medical conditions may delay the recovery process. In some cases, drug antagonists may be used to reverse the effects of the drugs used during general anesthesia, to speed up the time the body needs to emerge and recover from anesthesia.
When the procedure has ended, the patient is usually transferred to the recovery room, until consciousness is regained and the vital functions return to normal levels. Recovery of consciousness occurs usually within 30 minutes depending upon the duration of surgery. Younger patients usually recover much faster than older ones.
During the recovery period you will receive a follow-up from your doctor and written instructions.