Oral Sedation, or Sedation Dentistry
Oral sedation dentistry is now the most common technique used in the United States to quiet patient fears. The technique is easy and requires no needles as apposed to IV sedation which does. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment. In reality, oral sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation.
People who most commonly choose oral conscious sedation typically fall under one or more of these categories:
- Fear of visiting the dentist
- Anxiety around dentists
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Fear of needles or pain
- Difficulty numbing after local anesthetic
- Require extensive dental work in single visit
As one of the most popular dental sedation treatments, oral conscious sedation is as simple as taking a pill that helps you feel relaxed and comfortable before your dental visit. Depending on your medical history and anxiety level, the oral medication that will provide you the optimal experience will be used.Throughout the dental treatment your protective reflexes, breathing, and circulation are unaffected by the dental sedation. You might feel slightly groggy, but relaxed and unconcerned about the dental procedure. As a safeguard we measure your vital signs regularly.
Due to possible drowsiness, it is important to have someone drive you to and from your dental appointment following dental sedation to ensure safety.