Sedation dentistry is a treatment option that allows patients suffering from a dental phobia (extreme anxiety about visiting the dentist); physical or mental limitations; or the inability to sit still for extended periods to receive the dental treatment required for good oral and overall health.
How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?
In the world of dentistry, oral conscious sedation is a virtual newcomer. Available for just the past few decades, the patient is able to undergo one or multiple treatment options during one planned dental appointment.
An initial consultation is needed to identify any underlying problems that would preclude the use of oral conscious sedation, but this is a relatively safe and effective way for patients to receive the care they need.
The patient will be provided a sedative to take at home about an hour before their appointment. Transportation is required for both the arrival and departure of this dental visit.
Upon arrival, the patient will be placed in a room that is designed with all the necessary monitoring tools needed for a safe and comfortable experience. Additional sedatives are prescribed as needed. Once the patient is totally relaxed, the dentist is free to begin treatment.
Patients who have a fear of needles will be unaware (or won’t really care) that an injection may be administered to numb the treatment area. With the patient in a totally relaxed, almost dreamlike state, the dental provider can pursue cleaning, periodontal care, restorations, even cosmetic enhancements … in an effort to avoid multiple dental appointments, the treatment plan for this visit may involve several procedures.
With sedation dentistry, the patient is continually monitored throughout the appointment. At the conclusion of treatment, he or she will remain in care until alert enough to leave. It is always recommended that the patient return home for the balance of the day to rest as they are likely to feel groggy for several hours.
Who Qualifies for Oral Conscious Sedation?
Anyone who experiences extreme anxiety about seeing the dentist, has limitations making dental treatment difficult, or deals with a severe gag reflex, sensitivity, or low discomfort threshold are candidates for oral conscious sedation. A consultation with our team at Parker-Nickolas-Read will outline the program and provide you with all the information needed to make an educated decision if sedation dentistry is right for you.