If you need dental work done and have anxiety about the dentist – or need extensive dental work and are concerned about having to be in the dental chair for a long time – oral conscious sedation can help. Only specially trained dentists are allowed to offer pill sedation, and the right dosage can reduce your anxiety level to zero.
With oral conscious sedation, you take a special tablet an hour or two before your appointment. The drug – usually a type of benzodiazepine – decreases activity in the section of the brain that controls anxiety and fear. Someone will have to drive you to Brighton Dental in San Diego for your appointment with Dr. Paige Woods, but you’ll arrive calm and relaxed so we can get the work done easily.
Advantages of Oral Conscious Sedation
This type of sedation has many benefits for anxious dental patients as well as those who need extensive dental work and those with posture, pain or muscle control issues who would normally have trouble sitting in a dental chair for a long period of time. Some specific benefits include:
Ease of administering. All you have to do is swallow a pill about an hour before your scheduled appointment time. By the time you’re at the dentist’s office, you’ll be totally relaxed – but still awake and aware.
No need for needles. If you have a fear of needles, oral conscious sedation may be for you. Taking the sedative by mouth before the appointment means there’s no need for needles at the appointment – putting your fears to rest so you can get the treatment you need.
No memory of the procedure. Because the pill you take is a very strong medication, you’ll have no memory or almost no memory of being in the dental chair. If you have a fear of dentistry, you can rest easy with oral conscious sedation because you won’t remember any complex procedures or lengthy time in the chair that might be necessary.
Complete safety. Oral sedatives are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and cause side effects only in rare instances. And remember, you’ll be monitored throughout your time in the dental chair by Dr. Woods and our team of dental professionals who are trained in what to do if something should go wrong.
Total responsiveness. You’ll feel sleepy soon after taking pill sedation, but you’ll be awake and able to respond to our questions and follow any instructions we have for you – even though you probably won’t remember being awake and aware after the pill wears off.
Oral Conscious Sedation Could Be The Tool You Need
With oral conscious sedation, we can perform dental work on anxious patients, some patients with medical problems and those who need to be in the chair for a long time. Keep in mind that you’ll need to be accompanied to the dental office, and it’s difficult to tell how long it will take the pill to kick in because everyone’s metabolism is different.
At Brighton Dental, we have a wide range of tools and techniques to help us treat anxious patients – and everyone, really. We know dental treatment is crucial to a healthy life, and we’ll do whatever it takes to help you get the treatment you need.
Learn more about this topic on the Oral Conscious Sedation page of this website.
Then turn to us for your dental needs – simple or complex. We’ll help you overcome your dental anxiety, get the treatment you need and get on with your life. We treat whole people, not just mouths. And we treat you well at Brighton Dental.