Oral Conscious Sedation
If you are afraid of the dentist, you should know that you are not alone in your fear. In fact, estimates say a third of Americans avoid seeking dental treatment due to their phobia or anxiety -- and that often means they delay necessary dental work until it’s absolutely vital. It’s an unfortunate cycle that has a negative impact on dental health. By the time you’re experiencing tooth pain, conservative treatment options are no longer a possibility -- and complex, costly procedures may be necessary to save the damaged tooth. Don’t make yourself vulnerable to tooth loss and disease just because you can’t stand the thought of visiting the dentist. You’ve got a better option with oral conscious sedation!
Oral Conscious Sedation: The Facts
Oral conscious sedation can help patients dealing with moderate to severe dental anxiety relax through their upcoming procedure. It’s also a good option for those who wish to undergo multiple treatments in a single appointment, have had trouble getting sufficiently numb in the past, or for patients whose mobility issues prevent them from sitting in the dental chair for long periods of time.
To achieve oral conscious sedation, Dr. Rose will prescribe a common anti-anxiety medication for you to take about an hour before your appointment at Exceptional Dentistry. By the time you’re settling into the dental chair, you’re completely at-ease and ready to glide through the procedure. But if additional help is needed to allow you to fully relax, we can administer nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, which you breathe in through a nasal mask throughout your procedure. We will combine your sedation with a local anesthesia to ensure you feel no pain at the treatment site.
You’re still technically awake under oral conscious sedation, but you’re completely removed from the sights, smells, and sounds of the dentist office -- an important factor for anyone dealing with anxiety related to their dental treatment.
Once your treatment is over, we will escort you to our comfortable recovery room, where you can wait until the effects of sedation have worn off.
Considerations With Oral Conscious Sedation
Some things to keep in mind before undergoing oral conscious sedation include the following.
- Have someone drive you to and from your dental appointment
- Plan to take it easy for the rest of the day, as some grogginess may persist
- Some patients do not remember anything from their time under sedation, a benefit for those suffering from dental phobia
Oral conscious sedation has made dental treatment a possibility for so many who were unable to face the dentist’s office due to their fear of discomfort or their inability to remain still in the dental chair. Will you be the next to benefit from relaxing dental care?