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How “Light” is Light Oral Sedation?

If you’ve heard the term “light conscious sedation,” you’re probably wondering what it is. How can sedation be “light” enough to make you feel relaxed but also refrain from keeping you in the deepest level of sedation possible? It’s actually quite simple: light sedation uses a gentler sedative that doesn’t make you fall completely into sleep.

Using prescription strength sedatives, your dentist can help you feel extremely drowsy. In fact, most people say it makes them feel like they are actually taking a nap. When you take an afternoon nap, you may notice that you have a lighter level of sleep that can be disturbed more easily. You may even have someone ask you a question that you can quickly respond to and then go back to relaxing. It’s the same thing with oral conscious sedation.

The sedative also contains an amnesiac – so even if you are partially awake throughout the visit, you probably won’t remember anything. If you do, it usually seems like a bit of a daydream. Your dentist will also use local anesthesia to numb any areas that he or she is working on, so that you stay as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process.

Oral sedation is an excellent choice for patients who need to have longer treatment procedures, want to complete everything at once, or who may feel mild to moderately nervous about the appointment. Safe and effective for patients of all ages, oral sedation can put your mind at ease and let you get on to having the healthy smile that you deserve.

Talk to your dentist to find out if light oral sedation is right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

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