Anxiety is common among dental patients. While most patients begrudgingly make their annual visits out of concern for their oral health, others opt out of receiving treatment altogether. This lack of routine oral care can be detrimental to oral health.
What is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is similar to a local anesthetic and nitrous oxide in that it allows the patient to remain fully awake while treatment is being administered. However, there are certain advantages to oral conscious sedation for patients who find a dentist visit too traumatic; although remaining relaxed and conscious throughout the procedure, the medication has an amnesiac effect so the patient will not remember the details of the dental visit. This removes any fear and anxiety that may have occurred as a result of the treatment, so the patient will be more likely to make future visits.
How to Administer Oral Conscious Sedation
This type of sedation is administered in pill or tablet form, and it usually takes effect within an hour. The dosage of the medication will be adjusted according to the patient’s weight, height, and medical history, and once under the influence of sedation, the patient will feel very relaxed. While it is possible to remain conscious during the procedure, many patients become so comfortable that they fall asleep during the procedure.
Preparation Instructions for Oral Conscious Sedation
Take your medication an hour before your appointment and bring a friend or family member to drive you to and from your dental appointment.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, call our office to discuss sedation options that will work best for you.