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At The Practice, we understand that dental anxiety can prevent many patients from seeking the dental care they need. That’s why we offer oral conscious sedation, a safe and effective option to help you relax during dental procedures. With oral conscious sedation, you can experience a calm and comfortable dental visit while remaining conscious and able to respond to the dentist’s instructions.
What is oral conscious sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is a technique used to alleviate dental anxiety and fear by administering medication as a pill or liquid. The sedative medicines used are benzodiazepines, which have a calming and relaxing effect on the central nervous system. The medication is taken orally before the dental procedure, allowing you to reach a state of deep relaxation throughout the treatment.
How does oral conscious sedation work?
When you choose oral conscious sedation, our experienced dentist will prescribe a sedative medication and provide you with specific instructions on when and how to take it. The medication is usually taken about an hour before your appointment, giving it enough time to take effect. You’ll feel more relaxed and at ease as the sedative enters your bloodstream. While you’ll still be conscious and able to respond to verbal cues, you’ll experience reduced anxiety and discomfort during your dental treatment.
Is oral conscious sedation safe?
Yes, oral conscious sedation is a safe option when administered by a trained dental professional. Our dentist will evaluate your medical history, current medications, and overall health to ensure oral conscious sedation suits you. Our dental team will closely monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure to ensure your safety and well-being. Proper administration and monitoring allow oral conscious sedation to provide a calm and comfortable experience for anxious patients.
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Before & Afters
What are the benefits of oral conscious sedation?
Oral conscious sedation offers several benefits for patients with dental anxiety or fear.
Reduced Anxiety and Discomfort
Patients who may have avoided seeking necessary dental care due to fear or anxiety can now receive the necessary treatments.
While the sedative doesn’t eliminate pain, it increases the pain threshold.
The oral conscious sedation medication takes effect before sitting in the dental chair. This means we can often complete more work in a single session.
Minimized Gag Reflex
Dental procedures can be challenging for individuals with a gag reflex. Oral conscious sedation makes it easier to perform treatments without causing discomfort.
Eligibility and Safety
Who is a Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?
Individuals who experience dental anxiety, have a gag reflex, have difficulty sitting still for prolonged periods, or require extensive dental work. However, pregnant women, individuals with certain conditions or allergies, and those taking specific medications may not be eligible.
Is Oral Conscious Sedation Safe?
When administered by professionals in a controlled environment, oral conscious sedation is safe. Our team will review your medical history and monitor your vital signs. Following pre-sedation and post-sedation instructions will minimize potential risks.
Safety Measures and Considerations
The sedative dosage is tailored, considering factors such as medical history, body weight, and the extent of the procedure. This ensures you receive the correct amount of sedation for a comfortable experience.
Monitoring and Oversight
Our team will monitor vital signs and overall well-being. This commitment to continuous oversight enhances your safety during the process.
You must alert us about current medications, including over-the-counter medications and supplements. Some can interact with the sedative, so disclosing this avoids potential complications.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be asleep during the dental procedure?
No, oral conscious sedation keeps you in a state of deep relaxation while remaining conscious and able to respond to instructions from the dentist.
Is oral conscious sedation suitable for all dental procedures?
Oral conscious sedation benefits many dental procedures, from routine cleanings to more complex treatments. However, its suitability will be determined based on your health and treatment need.
How Do I Prepare for Oral Conscious Sedation?
Our team will provide instructions. This involves avoiding food and drinks for a certain period before the procedure and arranging for a responsible adult to accompany you to and from the appointment.
Is oral conscious sedation suitable for everyone?
Oral conscious sedation may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions or those taking specific medications. Our dentist will evaluate your health and determine if oral conscious sedation is right for you.
How Long Will the Sedative Effects Last?
The effects usually linger for a few hours. You’ll need someone to ensure your safety during this time.
Are There Side Effects?
Some individuals might experience temporary drowsiness, dizziness, or nausea. These should subside as the sedative wears off.
How long does the effect of oral conscious sedation last?
The duration of the sedation effect varies depending on the medication used. It typically lasts for a few hours, allowing for the completion of most dental procedures.
Are there any side effects of oral conscious sedation?
Common side effects may include drowsiness, temporary short-term memory loss, and a feeling of grogginess. These effects wear off as the sedation medication clears your system.
Can I drive myself home after oral conscious sedation?
No, arranging for a responsible adult to drive you home after your dental procedure is important, as the soothing effects may impair your coordination and judgment.
In conclusion, oral conscious sedation is a valuable option for patients who experience dental anxiety or fear.
Oral conscious sedation at The Practice offers a safe and effective way to alleviate anxiety and enhance your experience during dental treatments. Our team ensures your comfort and provides the care you deserve. If you have further questions or want to explore the option of oral conscious sedation, don’t hesitate to contact us.
By opting for oral conscious sedation, you can receive the dental care you deserve while enjoying a relaxed and anxiety-free visit to our practice. Contact us today to learn how oral conscious sedation can transform your dental experience.