What is oral sedation? Oral sedation is a form of sleep dentistry medicine that uses a prescription sedative to help the patient relax for a few hours at a time. The medication is taken by mouth about one hour prior to the appointment, so that the full effects have been achieved before treatment is scheduled to begin. In some cases the patient may be given a second dose of sedative at the time of treatment to further enhance their level of comfort.
The prescription medication that is used for oral sedation is also an amnesiac. That means most patients remember absolutely nothing (or extremely little) about their appointment at all. However, you’ll be semi-conscious enough to be led into the treatment room, follow basic instructions, and respond to simple yes-or-no questions. It will almost feel as if you are taking a very heavy nap and are in a dream-like state of mind.
It’s important to have someone such as a friend or family member drive you to and from your sedation dentistry appointment, since you will be unable to drive yourself. Most medication wears off within a few hours, giving you time to return back home and get comfortable after your procedure.
Oral sedation can be used on patients of all ages. It is a great way to sit back, relax, and have all of your oral care needs taken care of at one appointment. Most healthy individuals are candidates for oral sedation, but your dentist will perform a health history review and screening to determine whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure. Call your dentist to ask about adding oral sedation to your next treatment visit!
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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Our busy lifestyles, unemployment, or even where we live can keep us from getting access to dental care. Unfortunately, anxiety or fear of the dentist may keep more people away from the dental office than any of the other reasons previously mentioned. Thanks to the approach of gentle dentistry and anxiety options, most patients no longer have to worry about this.
Thankfully, there are lots of ways to help you manage moderate to severe anxiety related to dental care. From just adding nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to a cleaning appointment, to taking a prescription sedative for your treatment procedure, there’s something that is just right for everyone. Light oral conscious sedation dentistry is one of the most popular ways that patients can “sleep” through their dental treatment and have all of it completed in a single appointment.
This medication is taken about an hour prior to their scheduled treatment and lasts for around 4 hours, so it is necessary to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. The growing need for services such as these mean that you can access them fairly easily, and don’t have to worry about being judged or made fun of just because you’re slightly nervous about dental treatment.
The first step is getting yourself back into a dental office. Most people assume that their teeth are worse off than they actually are. While that is sometimes the case, the majority of people will still have moderately healthy teeth with only some localized problem areas. The earlier you seek out a dentist that can address your anxiety needs, the sooner you can have a healthy, disease-free mouth!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
Sedation during dental treatment is one of the easiest ways for patients to get the care they need, when they’re anxious about dental treatment. It doesn’t matter how nervous or scared a person has to be, sedation is typically fine for every dental patient that requests it.
Asking for sedation allows most patients to get all of their necessary treatments completed during one appointment. That’s because the patient is comfortable and can have any area of the mouth worked on instead of just one side like a traditional appointment. Dentists can also work more efficiently because patient comfort is ensured for the entire visit. Coming back over and over for extensive treatments is enough for some people to not get treatment at all. Thankfully most treatments can be finished in just a single appointment!
A variety of options are available for the type of sedation used, but most people take advantage of oral sedation dentistry because it is so simple to perform. Oral sedation uses a prescription sedative that is taken by pill or liquid form about an hour before the appointment. This causes the patient to feel sleepy and in a dream-like state, yet still be able to respond to simple yes or no questions, or directions such as “turn this way.” On occasion, some people will need a second dose at the time of their treatment. It can take a few hours for the medication to run its full course, so patients will need to have someone escort them to and from their appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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