Some patients need a little “extra” something to help them relax during their dental treatment. Perhaps they have a lot of treatment that needs to be completed, a more invasive procedure, or they’re just nervous about dental work. Dentists understand this, and that’s why the use of oral sedation has become so popular in modern dental care.
Oral sedation is a “conscious” sedation. That means that although you’re sedated, you’re still able to answer simple questions or perform simple things such as sitting upright or turning your head. However, you most likely won’t remember a single thing about your appointment. Most people describe oral sedation like dreaming or taking a light nap. To achieve this level of sedation, a prescription sedative is given to the patient one hour prior to their scheduled treatment. A second dose may be given at the time of treatment, if the dentist feels it is needed. It can take a few hours for the medication to fully wear off, so large amounts of treatment can be completed in a single sitting. Not only is it easier for you as a patient, it’s also easier for the dental team! But, you will need a friend or family member to escort you to and from the dental appointment.
Patients of all ages can request oral sedation dentistry, but only a dentist that is certified in the administration of oral conscious sedation can perform the treatment. If you’re curious about oral sedation treatments for your dental care, be sure to choose a dentist that is trained and certified in the procedure. It prevent you from needing to have care completed in a surgical facility and make it convenient since the care can be completed in your regular dental office.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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