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What is Light Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is a form of light sedation that your dentist can provide right in his or her regular dental office. It allows for a slightly deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide, but is not the deepest form that is seen in patients that choose IV sedation. Rather, oral sedation is a moderate sedative that allows you to tune out your dental treatment while still being semi-conscious.

What do patients say oral conscious sedation feels like?

  • A light nap
  • Like you’re daydreaming
  • Not remembering anything at all

Although you’ll be able to follow instructions and answer simple questions, you typically will not remember anything about the visit. The medication is an amnesiac that causes you to feel very sleepy. Most people can have all of their dental work caught up during a single appointment without realizing what happened.

The sedative is taken by mouth about an hour prior to your scheduled treatment. As it begins to take affect, you will feel very tired. It lasts for about 3-5 hours, allowing your friend or family member to get you back home before it has completely worn off. Patients love light oral sedation because it helps put their mind at ease and allows them to get the necessary dental care that they need. It is safe, effective, and one of the easiest ways to make more extensive treatments as comfortable as possible.

With so many forms of sleep and sedation dentistry available, it can seem overwhelming to choose the right one. Light oral sedation is a perfect option for all ages. Call your dentist today to experience gentle dental care in a relaxed setting.

Posted on behalf of:
Mockingbird Dental Associates
99 Mockingbird Dr
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 386-3908

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