If dreaming through your dental appointment sounds too good to be true, it’s not! Oral conscious sedation is quickly becoming one of the easiest, most comfortable ways for patients to access dental care that they’ve been putting off for far too long.
Whether you have severe fear of the dentist, or just get anxious when you come in for a dental visit, oral conscious sedation is a great choice for you. Rather than utilizing IV sedation like what is used in a surgical or hospital setting, oral conscious sedation uses a dose of prescription strength sedation medication to help patients relax and feel as if they are dreaming right through their dental appointment.
Some people worry about being fully sedated during their appointment. If you are, that’s not what oral conscious sedation is. Conscious sedation means that patients can respond to the dentist’s questions or directions, such as being asked to turn their head or answer a yes or no question. However, the majority of people won’t remember a single thing.
It can take a few hours for oral conscious sedation medication to wear off. This makes it perfect for patients that want to have all of their dental care completed in just one appointment, getting it all taken care of at the same time. It also means that they’ll need a friend or family member to drive them home afterward, until all of the effects of the medication have worn off.
Don’t put your dental needs off any longer. That will only lead to more expensive, more invasive treatments later on. Tackle your anxiety about dental care and take advantage of oral sedation during your next treatment appointment!