Sedation in Pill Form
If you are nervous about an upcoming visit to the dentist, whether it’s for a routine cleaning or an oral surgery, we have sedation options that can keep you calm and relaxed in the operatory. Oral conscious sedation is one of the most commonly-used types of sedation. You’ll simply take the sedative in pill-form about an hour before your appointment, and the calming effects will last throughout your treatment. If you think you would benefit from sedation during your next appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call and discuss your options.
Understanding Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation involves either a pill-based or liquid anti-anxiety medication, which is usually taken about 30 minutes to an hour before your appointment. This medication will help you relax in the dentist’s chair, and you may even fall asleep or forget your treatment entirely. This makes oral conscious sedation an ideal option for patients who would like to avoid painful memories of the dentist or relieve mild-to-moderate dental anxiety during their visit.
The Effects Of Oral Conscious Sedation
A few minutes after you take the medication, you’ll begin feeling the effects of the sedative. You’ll feel groggy and drowsy, and you may not remember your procedure once the effects wear off after treatment. Though you will feel somewhat disconnected from what’s going on around you, you will understand what is happening and be able to respond during treatment. Oral conscious sedation is also useful if you have a very strong gag reflex, especially if your treatment involves dental work on your rear teeth. Overall, you’ll feel safe, comfortable, and sleepy, and your experience will be calming.
How To Prepare for Sedation Dentistry
In most cases, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything for six hours before your appointment to ensure that the sedative is processed properly and that the correct dosage is released into the bloodstream. You should also clear your schedule for the rest of the day and arrange a ride home from our office, since the effects take a few hours to wear off after your appointment. If you have any questions about what to do before or after your appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call.