As much as 50% of the population experiences some form of dental anxiety or suffer from painfully sensitive teeth, making it hard for them to get the dental care they need. Your teeth and oral health depend on regular dental care- without it, you may face more serious health issues down the road.
Oral conscious sedation allows you to receive the dental care that you’ve been putting off, without having to experience any anxiety or pain throughout the appointment.
If you have experienced the following, you may want to consider oral sedation:
•Dental fear or anxiety
• Painful sensitivity
• Difficulty numbing with local anesthetic
• Sore jaw muscles
• Sensitive gag reflex
• Back or neck pain
• Difficulty controlling movement
• Previous traumatic dental experiences
• Discomfort sitting for long periods of time
Patients undergoing almost any procedure—as minor as a cleaning or as extensive as dental implants—usually qualify for oral sedation.
What To Expect:
If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, we can set up an initial consultation to go over your medical history, your anxiety level, and any current medications you are taking. Based on this information, and your needed dental procedure, we can then prescribe the type and dosage of dental sedation that best meets your needs.
Oral Medication: Based on the initial consultation, you will be prescribed a pill to be taken orally prior to the appointment. Because dental sedation will begin to take effect, you’ll be advised to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
Local Anesthetic: Once you are at your appointment and fully sedated, local anesthetic might be administered to help reduce any pain you might feel during the procedure.
Sedation Effects: While dental sedation affects everyone differently based on the type and dosage, most patients who receive oral conscious sedation feel relaxed and drowsy, but still conscious. Your breathing, protective reflexes, and ability to respond to verbal/physical stimulation remain intact to ensure safety. Best of all, you probably won’t remember much or any of your dental procedure afterwards.
Recovery: The effects of moderate dental sedation typically wear off within 24 hours. Side effects are minimal, to nonexistent.
Contact us today to begin your path to healthier oral hygiene with Oral Sedation.