As a sedation dentist in Sanford, Florida, Dr. Mitrogogos understands that many patients often put off dental treatment due to being apprehensive or uncomfortable when they go to the dentist. For these patients, going to the dentist can be challenging, which is why Dr. Mitrogogos takes the time to discuss treatment options with each patient, and offers conscious sedation dentistry to make their dental care more pleasant and relaxed.
Dr. Mitrogogos is trained and licensed in conscious sedation dentistry whereby relaxant drugs are administered to the patient either by pill, I.V. or a combination of both using specific protocols. Dr. Mitrogogos monitors the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation and respiratory rates continuously to ensure that the patient is completely comfortable, safe and reacting normally throughout the procedure.
While being sedated, you remain conscious and will also be able to understand and respond to requests from Dr. Mitrogogos. However, you may not remember much about what went on during the treatment because of two factors: Firstly, in most people, conscious sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. Secondly, the drugs used for conscious sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first starts to take effect until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened. Many of our patients have no recall of the procedure.
Although a patient normally will be able to walk out of the office after sedation, it is required that someone else drive them home, so our office asks that patients make arrangements for transportation prior to their sedation appointment.