Oral conscious sedation is a common form of sedation dentistry that uses oral medication to help you to relax and feel comfortable during a dental procedure. The oral medication is typically given to you prior to your procedure, with specific instructions on when you should take the medication before your appointment . Oral conscious sedation can help you feel at ease and comfortable, and can help patients who have anxiety or fear of dental procedures. This type of sedation can make a patient feel very relaxed to the point they fall asleep while getting their treatment. However, this is not deep sedation, which would cause unconsciousness.
With oral conscious sedation the patient is prescribed medication to take orally an hour before their dental procedure. The medication will make you feel drowsy and relaxed. Oral conscious sedation allows a patient to get through multiple dental procedures in just one appointment.
Oral conscious sedation will make you feel drowsy and tired, but also allows our staff to wake you if needed. This type of sedation helps patients relax and stay calm, but also allows the doctor to communicate with the patient because you are still responsive. Some patients may not remember what happened during the appointment.
Our doctor and staff will monitor you closely during the entire procedure. We advise patients bring a friend or family member with them to their appointment, so that you can be driven home safely. We recommend they stay with you at home until the sedative wears off in a few hours. The recovery after oral conscious sedation is a lot quicker compared to other sedation methods. You may feel a slight headache after your procedure, but most patients do not experience any side effects.
Many patients can benefit from oral conscious sedation. This method of sedation dentistry can help with fear or anxiety, especially if you have had a negative experience in the past. Safety is our number one priority, and our staff will ensure you receive the very best care. Our goal is for all of our patients to be able to receive the dental care they need, and our sedation options can help you take control of your oral health.
If you are in need of dental care, or want to find out if oral conscious sedation is an option for you, contact our office to schedule your appointment.