ORAL SEDATION

Sedation dentistry

WHAT IS ORAL SEDATION?

Do you dread of the thought of going to the dentist? Does the noise of the drill and thought of getting a shot of Novocaine cause your stomach to turn in knots? If so receiving dental treatment under oral sedation may be an excellent choice for you. Oral sedation is a type of conscious sedation which puts you in a relaxed state during dental procedures by taking a pill or combination of pills before the appointment. Usually a pill is taken an hour before the procedure and possibly additional medication given throughout the visit. Because the pill has amnesiac properties most patients have little to no memory of the visit. As several hour of sedation can be achieved in one visit, significant amount of dental work can be accomplished in one visit that would otherwise not be possible. Drugs which are commonly used for oral sedation include diazepam, triazolam, lorazepam.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ORAL SEDATION?

Oral sedation is an excellent choice for patients who have:
- Extreme anxiety in the dental chair
- Severe gag reflex
- Need for a lot of dental work in one visit
- Phobia of needles ( no local anesthetic is given until the drugs take effect)
- History of dental trauma ( bad experiences at the dentist)
- Busy schedule that prevents short multiple visit possible
- Difficulty getting numb
Depending on the patient's individual needs the medication can be customized. Not everybody will metabolize medication the same way. The patient will feel relaxed and sedated during the visit. Although oral sedation is commonly referred to as sleep dentistry the patient is not fully asleep but very sedated and can still respond to verbal commands.

PATIENT REACTION AFTER ORAL SEDATION

Nearly 100% of the patients are extremely satisfied with treatment performed under oral sedation. Patients were able to receive extensive work and save their teeth that have been neglected over many years. It has been life changing for many patients and they are happy to share their experience with others.

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