Sometimes, patients may find that they still experience some anxiety about going to the dentist. Fortunately, several options, including oral conscious sedation, can help these patients feel comfortable during their treatment.
At Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry, we administer this type of medication by having the patient take it orally before your appointment to induce deep relaxation. It allows the patient to feel calm and only slightly sleepy throughout the treatment, making it much easier for them to adjust to the sights, sounds, and sensations of a standard checkup or procedure.
This form of sedation is very safe when administered by an experienced professional, and it can be an effective way to help patients feel more relaxed throughout their visit.
Who Could Receive Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral sedation is appropriate for everyone. Those who are afraid of dental treatments, have had negative experiences with dentists, find it challenging to feel numb, or are very sensitive to dental procedures will benefit from conscious sedation. Some people choose oral sedation because they loathe needles and shots. Others prefer oral sedation because they want to avoid being aware of the odors and flavors that arise throughout the treatment.
The Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation
Simple to Administer
Your dentist will give you a tablet to keep you calm during the treatment. Oral sedation is the simplest of the three because all you have to do is take the pill an hour before your appointment, and you'll be relaxed by the time you arrive.
Many people, terrified of the dentist, also fear needles used during IV sedation. However, with oral sedation, the patient can take the sedative orally before the visit without fear of getting poked by the dentist.
Because of the high dose of benzodiazepines, individuals have little to no remembrance of the surgery. This is ideal for people with dental anxiety because they will not remember what occurred while sedating.
Because the FDA regulates all oral sedatives, you are unlikely to have any dangerous adverse effects.
Although sedated from the pill, you will remain aware and responsive. You'll be able to listen to and respond to your dentist's instructions because you'll be awake during the treatment.
The effects of oral conscious sedation can last several hours after treatment. During this time, patients should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery. Most patients report feeling groggy for the remainder of the day. Some patients experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, or fatigue. While these reactions are temporary, informing your dentist if you have any symptoms after your procedure is essential. During your consultation, our dentist will explain the possible effects of oral conscious sedation and decide if it is appropriate for you.
To learn more about oral conscious sedation, contact Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry at 2 Coolidge St Suite 202, Hudson, MA 01749, or call (508) 658-0661.