Patients who are more anxious may need an oral medication that is stronger than nitrous oxide. With oral sedation, the patient may be sleepy but can be aroused and will respond to simple commands. Minor side effects such as nausea or vomiting can occur with some medications. Before a visit in which a patient is to receive oral sedation, he/she will receive instructions about eating and drinking, what to expect and what to watch for after treatment. You will need assistance to get home after sedation.
Why Choose Oral Conscious Sedation?
There are many reasons that our patients choose to receive oral conscious sedation. Some patients experience mild anxiety at the thought of visiting the dentist, while others have more severe anxiety or dental phobia (an extreme fear of visiting the dentist). Even patients who are comfortable during their dental visits can receive oral conscious sedation if they are undergoing lengthy or complex treatments and would prefer an extra level of comfort during their procedures.
Implant and Family Dentistry can control the level of relaxation you will achieve from your oral medication by adjusting your dosage. If you only have mild anxiety, a smaller dosage can simply calm your nerves. If you are very nervous about your treatment or are undergoing a longer procedure, a larger dosage will induce a twilight sleep. This means you will remain awake and able to respond to direction, but feel completely relaxed.
Preparing For Your Appointment
Implant and Family Dentistry will provide you with a prescription for your sedation medication before your dental appointment. He will instruct you when to take your pill, generally one to two hours before your appointment. You will need to have a friend or loved one drive you to and from your appointment, since you will feel drowsy and be slightly disoriented before and after your treatment. Once you arrive at our office, we will monitor your vital signs and evaluate how you are feeling before treatment begins. Although you will remain awake during your treatment, oral conscious sedation has an amnesic effect, meaning you will remember little of your actual treatment. You will need to return directly home to rest following your treatment as your sedation wears off.
When compared to other types of sedation, oral conscious sedation is very easy to take. With a simple pill, you can feel fully relaxed throughout your visit. With the aid of oral conscious sedation, Implant and Family Dentistry is often able to perform a complex procedure more quickly or complete several treatments in a single appointment. In this way, sedation allows patients who struggle with extreme dental anxiety to attend much-needed dental appointments and receive essential oral healthcare. Combined with local anesthesia, which numbs the treatment area, oral conscious sedation can prepare you for virtually any type of treatment.