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Precautions With Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a great way for many people to relax enough to tolerate their dental treatment. With oral sedation, patients can essentially “sleep” through lengthy procedures.

Some people have extreme dental anxiety that causes them a lot of stress. Taking a prescribed medication right before dental appointment could change even your next dental experience.

What You Should Know

Your health history and current medications can alter the way an oral sedative works. It’s crucial to review your medical history with your dentist.

Because this is a controlled medication, you have to be careful. There is no magic dosage that works for everyone! Any medication poses the risk of complications and side-effects. With careful preparation, you can enjoy a safe and relaxed dental appointment.

What You Should Do

Follow your dentist’s directions carefully. Plan to arrive early for your appointment so that you’ll have time to relax. Bring along a friend or family member who can drive you to the office and back home after the appointment. Your ability to function normally will be impaired for some time while you’re on the medication.

What Your Dentist Should Do

Your dental team should be monitoring your vitals signs during treatment. They should also have on-hand specific medication that can help to reverse the effects of the sedation, if needed. You should receive from your dentist, in writing, a detailed explanation of the potential risks associated with the procedure and the sedation.

Find out more by contacting a dentist in your area who offers certified sedation techniques. Ask about how much experience he or she has had with sedation in the past. Thanks to oral sedation, your next dental treatment could pass by like a dream!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055


Is Oral Sedation Safe?

Do you cringe when you think of going to the dentist?  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could go to sleep and wake up with all of your dental work done?  You can, with oral sedation!  When you select this type of sedation, medications are used to relax you during your dental procedure.

How Does Oral Sedation Work?

During this type of procedure, you will usually take a couple pills of prescription sedative and anti-anxiety medication. You will need to take them about one hour before (in some cases, the night before) your dental procedure. The medication in the pills will cause you to feel very drowsy but you will not be completely asleep.  You will still be in a completely relaxed state, yet still semi-conscious.

How Safe is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is considered very safe for most patients.  It is very important, however, to discuss your health history with your dentist.  Also, make sure to tell your dentist about all of the medications you are currently taking, including recreational drugs.

Certain health conditions and medications could disqualify you from using oral sedation during your dental procedure.  For example, recreational drugs are unpredictable so it is unsafe to use oral sedation while you are using recreational drugs.  Your dentist will be able to discuss whether or not you would be a good candidate for oral sedation based on your current medications and health history.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Are you considering oral sedation but you are still concerned about its safety?  Talk to your dentist to discuss your concerns and find out if oral sedation is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095


Nitrous Oxide or Oral Sedation: Which is Right for Me?

If you have a strong gag reflex, difficulty keeping your mouth open for dental procedures, or dental anxiety, then you could certainly benefit from some level of sedation during treatment. Many dentists offer sedation via the administration of nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) or oral sedatives. You may be wondering which is the best option for you.

Level of Consciousness

If you want to have little to no memory of treatment, then oral sedation is the way to go. Nitrous oxide keeps you conscious enough to respond to questions and instructions during your procedure. If you prefer to be relaxed but aware for the session, then nitrous oxide is the better option.

How Anxious Are You?

Does the mere thought of walking into the office put butterflies in your stomach? Oral sedation will take effect well before you undergo any dental treatment. For some patients, simply sitting in the dental chair and attempting to inhale the nitrous oxide gas can be a white-knuckled experience!

Staying in Control

Your dentist can’t necessarily control how effective oral sedation will be. During your dental appointment, the dentist can and will adjust the flow of nitrous oxide, however, to increase or lower your level of sedation.


Oral sedation medications can have a lingering effect after your procedure, but nitrous oxide is completely flushed out of your system before you leave the office.

The best way to find out which option is best for you is to talk with your dentist in person prior to your next procedure. Not every kind of sedation works the same for everyone! Be sure to make your next dental experience a comfortable one by discussing sedation options with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336


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


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


Preventing Discomfort During Dental Appointments

Anxiety or discomfort during a dental procedure can cause people to delay or avoid necessary dental care. Putting dental needs off until later can actually allow conditions such as gum disease or decay to worsen. It’s important to know that your dentist is there to help treat not only your dental needs, but anxiety or discomfort associated with the procedure as well. A variety of options including sedation dentistry are now available to dental patients so that you can have your care completed in as comfortable of a manner as possible.

Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” is the most common analgesic used in dental care. The scented nosepiece delivers a mixture of gas to the patient, which helps create a relaxed sensation over their entire body. The onset is quick, as is the recovery. This option is appropriate for patients of all ages.

Orally administered sedation medication can also be used. The medicine is usually taken one our prior to the appointment and causes the patient to have a light sleep, where they are comfortable but can also respond to the dentist if needed. If deeper sedation is needed, there is also the option of intravenous medication. Both of these methods will require the dental patient to have a family member or friend drive them to and home from their care appointment.

Maybe you only experience mild discomfort during simple procedures such as a routine cleaning. Fairly new products have come out that allow temporary, short-term anesthesia in the mouth, allowing your hygienist to clean your teeth without any discomfort whatsoever. This is useful for patients that have infrequent care appointments or hypersensitive gums.

Whatever your comfort need is, always let your dentist know. It’s important to put you at ease, so you can have all of your care needs addressed in the most comfortable manner possible.

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