Oral sedation dentistry can benefit a wide range of patients, including people with:
- Dental fear and anxiety
- A severe gag reflex
- Time constraints, wanting to get more dentistry done in fewer visits
- Difficulty getting numb
- Reluctance to complete extensive dental treatment
- Extensive treatment needs
What is oral conscious sedation?
Oral sedation allows a dentist to work more effectively by helping a patient become as comfortable as possible with the use of sedative medications that are administered orally.
Do I go to sleep?
During the procedure you will be sleepy, but able to verbally and physically respond to cues from the doctor or team. The idea is to get you deeply relaxed.
Will I remember anything?
The sedation medication has amnesic properties, meaning that patients remember little to nothing of their time in the dental chair by the next day.
How long will the sedation last?
Typically the sedation will last several hours, depending on how much time is needed for the procedure. After your appointment, you will need to rest for the remainder of the day.
Will I need someone to come with me for the appointment?
You will need a friend or family member to drive you to the office and pick you up afterwards.
Is it Safe?
Oral sedation medication has been rigorously tested and used for decades in the medical and dental field. Advanced certification by the doctor and team is required for the administration of these medications in the dental office. Your vital signs will be monitored during your entire visit and you will never be left alone.