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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation

Anxious patients no longer have to be afraid of the dentist. The dental care you need can be completed while you are completely relaxed and comfortable.

Oral sedation dentistry is the use of oral sedation medications administered before (and sometimes during) a dental procedure to relax and calm you.

There are many benefits to oral sedation dentistry. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. By the next day, most patients remember little-to-nothing of the time spent in the dental chair. Gone are memories of the offices’ sights, sounds and smells that are often traumatizing to people.

With sedation dentistry, time seems to pass very quickly, so hours feel like minutes. Oral sedation enables your dentist to work more efficiently and complete more treatment in fewer visits. It’s a great option if you need a large amount of dental care completed at one time. Many dental procedures can be completed with the help of sedation dentistry, including crown work, routine extractions, dentures, filling cavities, gum care, tooth whitening, bonding and routine hygiene.

What to expect:

  • We will give you a mild sedative to take the night before your procedure to prevent anxiety.
  • You must avoid eating on the morning of your procedure.
  • When you arrive we will provide oral sedatives appropriate for the length and extensiveness of the procedure.
  • You will be partially awake and breathing on your own during the procedure; most patients are so relaxed they actually fall asleep.
  • Do not drive for 24 hours.

Who Can Benefit from Oral Sedation Dentistry?

People who:

  • Suffer from dental phobia or anxiety
  • Experienced traumatic past dental treatments
  • Do not get numb easily
  • Have extremely sensitive teeth
  • Need a large amount of dental work completed
  • Gag easily
  • Fear needles
  • Dislike the sights, sounds, and smells associated with dental treatment
  • Are embarrassed about the amount of dental work needed
  • People who suffer from TMD/TMJ

Common Questions:

Q. Will I be unconscious?

A: No. You will be in an extremely relaxed state and will most likely not remember the appointment. However, you will be conscious and responsive the entire time.

Q. Will I be monitored?

A. Yes, at all times. Your vital signs will be taken throughout the sedation appointment. One of our team members will always be with you.

Q. How long will I remain sedated after my appointment?

A. Each person’s recovery time is different based on their body as well as the medications and dosages used. Plan on relaxing at home for the remainder of the day, after your appointment. Have your companion stay with you until you are fully recovered.

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