Physicians have been using sedation for patients in the United States for years. It is common for patients who have medical work and surgeries to have sedation while the treatment is being performed. This is for both the benefit of the physician and the comfort of the patient. When patients ask their dentist for similar sedation, they are often talked out of it because the dentist has not been through the proper training and the appropriate accreditation process necessary to be able to provide this service. Thankfully, at Parker-Nickolas-Read Dental, we are experienced and able to offer sedation dentistry to put our patients as ease and help them have a more positive dental experience
Our practice provides oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation, which uses medication in the form of a pill, is highly desirable as many of our patients have phobias surrounding injections and needles. Oral sedation is safe and allows the dentist to work on patients for a longer period of time, performing more than one procedure during an appointment if necessary. The medication’s effects last for several hours even after the appointment, reducing discomfort that may otherwise be experienced following the procedures. This medication is a common sleeping pill that has been used for many years to assist patients in getting a good night’s sleep—but has also been proven effective at helping patients rest during dental procedures. We provide an appropriate dose to ensure effectiveness and we monitor the patients throughout their procedure with hospital-type, state-of-the-art monitoring equipment that assesses the pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation in the blood. Our team is highly trained in providing oral conscious sedation and also ensuring the procedure is done safely with proper monitoring throughout.
While under the influence of this medication, patients will be able to respond to verbal requests and will not lose consciousness. Most patients will describe the process as taking a pill and then waking up later with their appointment completed, typically with no recollection of the entire appointment. Patients who use oral conscious sedation must arrange to have someone take them home after their appointment, as they should not be operating a motor vehicle.
To schedule an appointment, contact Parker-Read Dental at your convenience.