What is Oral/Conscious Sedation?
Both oral and conscious sedation allows you to feel more comfortable during your dental appointment in our office. By taking an oral sedative or with the help of nitrous oxide, you are put into a relaxed, yet conscious state that makes procedures much more comfortable. Conscious sedation is ideal for patients who may feel nervous about visiting the dentist or children who may be scared to have work done. Conscious sedation is safe, effective and easily administered in-office.
Why is Oral/Conscious Sedation needed?
You may need or want conscious sedation if you’re looking to make your dental appointments more relaxed. It’s not uncommon to have fears, anxiety and phobias over the dental office, so conscious sedation helps in improving your time with us. For more invasive procedures, conscious sedation can help in keeping you relaxed and seated. We will explain all sedation options with you before your appointment so that you know what to expect.
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What makes you a good candidate for Oral/Conscious Sedation?
Before undergoing oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide, we will perform an exam and go over your medical and health history. This allows us to determine if you’re a good candidate for the medication. In some cases, you may have to stop taking certain medications or supplements if you’ll be coming in for dental treatment and using oral sedation. At every step of your care, we will explain what to expect and what is available to you.
What happens during Oral/Conscious Sedation?
You will first come in for a consultation to determine if oral sedation is right for you. You will then come in for your appointment and take the oral medication as needed. You will slowly begin to feel relaxed and slightly dissociated, which is a sign that the medication is working. While under sedation, we will perform the treatment that is needed. It is important to always have someone else bring you home if you are taking any type of oral sedative, as it is unsafe for you to drive on your own even if you feel awake enough to get behind the wheel.
If you think you might need oral or conscious sedation and would like to learn more about either options, call us today and we will work to answer all of your questions.