Sedation dentistry is basically just the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. Some patients just have a manufactured fear of dentists and others may just get nervous during procedures. A dentist has many options at their disposal to help keep you calm during minor restorative procedures. One of the most preferred options is oral conscious sedation.
What is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is a great alternative for patients who don’t like needles because it comes in pill form. The dentist gives you a prescription to fill a few days before your procedure as well as directions on when and how to take the medication. Usually patients are instructed to take the medication about an hour before the procedure.
Oral conscious sedation is a safe and effective alternative to calm patients and relieve stress. Patients remain awake and able to respond to the dentist’s verbal commands throughout the procedure. High grade equipment is used to closely monitor the patient’s pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation during the procedure because patient safety is always the number one priority.
The medication used to calm patients in sedation dentistry is a common sleeping pill that has been used for years to help people get a good night’s sleep. It has been proven to help patients get through dental procedures without anxiety. Since the effects of the medication last for several hours, patients must have a driver accompany them to their appointment and take them home.
Oral conscious sedation is the best alternative for patients who feel anxious or nervous about dental procedures. It is also a great option for patients who have a fear of needles and may not want to undergo general anesthesia. The effects of oral sedation do wear off completely after several hours and typically do not have any side effects.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry, or you are anxious about dental work which needs to be completed, make an appointment with our office today. Our highly-skilled and compassionate staff will be happy to answer all your questions and help you explore your options for achieving a beautiful healthy smile. Call us at Parker Nickolas Read Dental today!