Sedation Dentistry With Oral Conscious Sedation

Sedation Dentistry With Oral Conscious Sedation

Posted by Darren Gonzalez DDS Apr 17,2023

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In its simplest form, sedation dentistry allows patients to relax in the dentist’s chair while receiving dental treatments. Some dental procedures require the patient to hold their breath for an extended amount of time or even allow the dentist access to their mouth so they can perform an oral exam or treatment. For some patients, this can cause severe anxiety that makes it difficult for them to receive the necessary care to keep their teeth healthy and strong.

Oral conscious sedation is a moderate type of sedation dentistry that relaxes you while remaining awake. Oral conscious sedation involves taking a sedative medication that you swallow. The medication induces a state of deep relaxation. Oral conscious sedation is often recommended for patients who are anxious about visiting the dentist.

Explain Oral Conscious Sedation

When patients need extensive dentistry, oral conscious sedation can help them endure longer procedures without discomfort or stress. Patients who use oral conscious sedation will be prescribed a pill to take about an hour before their procedure to help them relax. This will typically include a light sedative and some pain medicine to make the patient more comfortable. Patients will remain awake and will be able to respond to questions during the procedure. They will not feel any pain or discomfort during their treatment. Some patients may fall asleep during this procedure, but they will likely wake up if the dentist needs them to move or open their mouth. Oral conscious sedation is typically done in a dental office because the patient will need to be monitored throughout the duration of their treatment. The patient will need to have a friend or family member drive them home after the procedure is complete. Most patients who have oral conscious sedation will need about 12 hours to recover at home. After the patient is home, they should be careful with the physical activity until they are fully alert and can return to normal activities. Regular medication can also be taken during this time if needed.

Is Oral Conscious Sedation Safe?

Yes! In fact, oral conscious sedation dentistry has a very low rate of negative side effects and complications. While sedation medication is very effective, it is still much safer than undergoing dental procedures while awake. The sedative medications used in your treatment are usually the same ones prescribed for anxiety or insomnia; they have been carefully formulated to be safe with minimal risk of unwanted effects. Your dentist will provide instructions prior to your appointment about eating and drinking the night before and the day of your procedure. This will help avoid potential issues that could arise due to fasting. If you were to eat or drink too much before your treatment, the sedative will likely take longer to take effect, and you might have more difficulty staying relaxed throughout treatment.

To learn more, visit Darren Gonzalez DDS at 1515 Montgomery Drive Ste B, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, or call (707) 542-1532.

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