Oral sedation dentistry is a medical procedure involving the administration of oral sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce patients fear and anxiety related to the experience.
Dental patients with generalized anxiety, belonephobia (fear of needles and sharp instruments), prior dental trauma, or generalized fear of the dentist can take oral medication in order to reduce their anxieties.
A variety of single and incremental dose protocols are used to medicate the patient as early as the day before treatment. Medication additionally helps reduce memory or the sights and smells of the dental office to avoid recall of any trauma.
Oral Sedation also allows more dentistry to be completed in fewer appointments as well as allowing complex procedures to be performed in less time.
Conscious oral sedation safely puts you into a tranquil state of mind! It is very easy and one of the safest methods of sedation dentistry. A medication is prescribed by your dentist, to ensure you are completely comfortable and totally relaxed during your visit.
The medication usually consists of two doses, the first dose is taken the night before your dental visit and the second dose is taken 1 hour prior to your appointment. Usually clients have little or no memory of their dental visit! Oral sedation is the best option for all types of dental treatment. Imagine getting your cleaning, fillings, and crowns all in one visit in a safe comfortable, relaxing environment. And you will feel fully recovered the next day. It is possible now with conscious oral sedation.
Specific protocols and medical equipment are used continuously to monitor the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation and respiratory rates to ensure that the patient is completely comfortable and reacting normally throughout the procedure.
Sedation dentistry allows us to help apprehensive patients get the dentistry they need pain-free. If you have not had dental treatment for many years but want to have a healthy smile again, conscious oral sedation dentistry is for you.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR SEDATION DENTISTRY?
People who have…
- high fear
- traumatic dental experiences
- difficulty getting numb
- a bad gag reflex
- very sensitive teeth
- complex dental problems
- limited time to complete dental care