Oral Sedation

Not only does oral sedation assist in alleviating anxiety and fear, but it is also effective in optimizing your
comfort level during procedures as simple as professional teeth cleaning or as invasive as root canal therapy.

Oral Sedation

The thought of visiting a dentist often instills a high level of fear and anxiety in individuals. In fact, many people – young and old – will endure the hardship of a toothache, the discomfort of oral nerve pain, or the illness that accompanies an oral infection rather than go to a dental professional for assistance.

Do You Have “Dental Phobia?” Then Oral Sedation May Be Right For You.

If you are one that has a dental phobia, is frightened by a dentist, or experiences an immense amount of anxiety at the thought of having dental work performed, you may benefit from the use of oral sedation.

Not only does oral sedation assist in alleviating anxiety and fear, but it is also effective in optimizing your comfort level during procedures as simple as professional teeth cleaning or as invasive as root canal therapy.

What is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is a type of sedation that utilizes medications to help a patient achieve a state of relaxation during dental procedures. This is often called “sleep dentistry”; however, the use of oral sedation does not actually result in a patient falling asleep.

The only form of dental sedation that actually does render a patient unconscious or places them in a sleep state is general anesthesia. Oral sedation is considered to be “minimal” to “moderate” sedation; that is, patients are typically awake, but, in a highly relaxed state, or a form of conscious sedation where the memory of the procedure is limited and the words may be slurred while speaking.

Relaxation in the Form of a Pill

Oral sedation is given to you through the means of a pill that is taken orally, or by mouth. In most instances, this medication is in the same family as or closely related to the drug family of Valium. Approximately forty minutes to one hour before the dental procedure, the pill is given to you. You will start to experience drowsiness, but, will remain awake.

If a dental provider feels it is appropriate, a strong dose may be given to push you to the point of moderate relaxation. While it is possible for some to fall asleep, typically you may be easily aroused if this occurs. In addition to the oral sedation, a numbing agent will be used at the site where the dental procedure will take place, unless it is nothing more than x-rays or cleaning of the teeth.

Take Control of Your Oral Health WITHOUT Fear or Anxiety!

If you are ready to take control of your oral health but are held back by fears, phobias, and anxiety, call us here at American Dental at LaGrange and we will discuss oral sedation to help you through your procedure.

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