Did you have a traumatic experience at the dentist’s office when you were younger? Do you have a fear of needles? Does the idea of sitting in the dental chair fill you with dread? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be a candidate for a treatment known as oral conscious sedation. For patients with moderate to severe anxiety surrounding the idea of undergoing dental treatment, your sedation dentist in Aurora can administer oral conscious sedation to soothe your dental worries and let you get the care your oral health needs. If you think you might need sedation during your next dental appointment, contact us and let us know.
Oral conscious sedation is a treatment that alleviates virtually any degree of dental nervousness or fear. By taking a potent anti-anxiety pill, all your worries should dissipate, and you should feel warm and relaxed enough to undergo your treatment. This form of sedation is significantly more powerful than nitrous oxide, so we recommend it for our more anxious patients or those who needs to receive extensive treatment in one sitting.
In addition to alleviating anxiety, this pill also has a slight amnesiac effect. Chances are you won’t remember very much, if any, of your procedure. For this reason, it may feel like you went to sleep during your appointment. However, rest assured that you were awake the whole time, enough to respond to the requests of our dentists and team members.
With oral conscious sedation, you will be prescribed a pill to take about an hour before your appointment is set to begin. Since this medication will impair your ability to drive, you’ll need someone to transport you to and from our office. When you arrive, we’ll begin closely monitoring your vital signs to ensure you stay safe throughout your procedure.
Once the pill begins to take effect, waves of relaxation and euphoria will wash over you, making all your worries a thing of the past. Because these effects will most likely last for several hours, you’ll need a trusted friend or family member to both take you home and keep an eye on you for the rest of the day.
For most healthy adults, oral conscious sedation is a wonderful way to allow you to easily undergo the dental treatment you need. You might be a candidate for this type of sedation if you: