Millions of people feel a degree of anxiety when they visit the dentist. If you are among them, rest assured that Dr. Friedland and our team completely understand — and we are ready to help you. Not only are we compassionate and caring, but we offer different types of sedation, including oral sedation (otherwise known as oral conscious sedation). On this page, you will learn more about how your sedation dentist can use powerful medication to help you breeze through your next procedure.
Oral conscious sedation involves the use of a pill, which you swallow prior to your appointment. Various medications can be used in oral conscious sedation, but they all have a similar effect. They produce a feeling of relaxation and calmness. You might drift off to sleep while you are under the influence of the medication that your dentist prescribes for you. However, you will not be totally unconscious; it will be easy for us to awaken you with a gentle shake. You will also still be able to respond to questions and directions while our dental team is working to improve your oral health.
The effects of the medications used for oral sedation usually linger for at least a full day, which means that you may feel quite tired after your appointment. You should avoid driving or engaging in other potentially dangerous tasks until the sedation completely wears off.
Oral conscious sedation offers numerous benefits:
Our team will take a thorough medical history to determine if oral conscious sedation is right for you. It is safe for most patients, but it may not be suitable for individuals with breathing problems, pregnant women, or those who take certain medications. On the other hand, it might be perfect for you if:
Are you ready to learn more about your sedation options? Get in touch with us today to request an appointment. We are ready to serve you!