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Oral Conscious Sedation

Conscious Oral Sedation Means You Feel Better Before, During And After Your Dental Procedure

Conscious oral sedation is a type of dentistry that allows carefully and specially trained dentists like Dr. Woods to make your dental experience more comfortable than you ever thought possible. If you've been avoiding the dentist because of fear, don't avoid getting needed procedures done anymore. 

With conscious oral sedation, you can get great work done and feel great about it too.

Using longstanding and proven protocols, Dr. Woods can prescribe one of several sedation medications to be given orally or under the tongue. The precise plan is carefully customized to your exact physical and emotional needs and may depend on what kind of procedures you're having done.

Also called relaxation dentistry, sleep dentistry or simply anxiety-free dentistry, conscious sedation dentistry is available to you now, so there's no need to wait to have necessary procedures performed.


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What Happens When I Take The Sedatives?

For most people, there's a nice sense of feeling calm and relaxed. You may feel mildly or moderately sedated but still completely conscious. You will stay alert and be able to easily answer any questions you're asked. The deeper kind of anesthesia where you're actually asleep is only ever administered at a hospital or similar facility.

As many as 20 percent of all people experience some degree of fear at the dentist's office. Sedatives can make oral care easier for these people and easier on those who treat them. And when you're sedated, it's possible to perform more procedures in a single appointment than if you were not sedated. Because people have such busy schedules these days, you may find this benefit of conscious sedation particularly useful because it reduces the number of dental visits you'll need to restore good dental health.

What Type Of Medication Is This Actually?

That can vary here at our dental office, depending on how long your procedures are expected to last and some physical factors about you as well as how strong your emotional aversion to dental care is. Most of the drugs we use are in a class called benzodiazepines. These include drugs with names like diazepam or lorazepam as well as triazolam.

This class of medication was developed in the 1960s and have been used widely overly the decades since. The drugs have proven very safe and of little risk. In fact, they're the most commonly used of all sedatives on the market today. While no drug is without some risk, these drugs are not addictive and carry very few side effects. As long as you're in good health overall, there's no reason to expect any problems.


Are You Be Sure There Are No Side Effects?

It's never possible to be 100 percent certain that a patient won't have an adverse reaction to a drug, but we use the safest sedation dentistry drugs available and monitor every patiently carefully for adverse reactions.

Some unintended but harmless impacts that you may notice after take a conscious oral sedation medication include a feeling that hours have passed in a flash and a lack of memory about your dental visit. Sedation dentistry drugs can react with other drugs, so you need to be honest with us about what else you're taking to make sure reactions can be limited or eliminated.

From the holistic perspective, a small amount of sedation medication can be less harmful to the body than prolonged exposure to the fear chemicals that we can produce. 

Trust us to fully inform you about what you need to do before your appointment. And please be sure you're accompanied to your appointment because you can't drive home afterward.

Ready to get some much needed dental care without a care in a world? Conscious sedation may be the right choice for you, and we offer it every day as part of our complete array of dental care choices. Why not contact us now at (619) 640-5100 to learn more or to set up your appointment?