Going to the dentist can cause great fear and anxiety for many patients. Our Redlands, CA dental office also offers oral conscious sedation for certain dental procedures. There are 2 levels of oral sedation available for our patients:
- Mild sedation is usually administered orally, and offers patients a relaxed experience. Patients will be very sleepy but will be awake and calm during the procedure. You will be able to respond well to commands. The effect of the mild sedative wears off after procedure is completed. The best known mild sedative is often referred to as 'laughing gas.'
- Moderate/deep sedation is used for patients who need more complex procedures, and also may involve longer time-frames as well. If you suffer from a moderate to extreme level of anxiety, sedatives are given in pill form. Oral conscious sedation will allow you to be awake and able to respond to commands, but be deeply relaxed and have no recollection of the procedure once you awake. Be sure to bring someone to drive you home and stay with you until the sedative wears off.
Dr. Tatevossian added mild and moderate sedation techniques, including oral conscious sedation, to his Redlands, CA dental practice to allow more patients to receive treatment for a healthy smile.
Oral Conscious Sedation Reviews
Prior to the procedure, the dentist will give the patient a prescription for medication to fill at their pharmacy and take before the procedure. The pill is typically taken up to an hour before the procedure to give the patient time to relax and get comfortable. The sedation level for oral conscious sedation ranges between light and moderate. Patients undergoing less invasive procedures will receive a light sedation that allows them to simply relax, while remaining awake. Patients who are undergoing more complex or lengthy procedures will be given a heavier dose of medication, but the patient will remain awake and relaxed. It is also common that patients undergoing moderate oral sedation fall asleep, but most are easily woken up with a gentle nudge.
The cost of oral conscious sedation varies based on the needs of the patient and the dosage that is given. It is generally more expensive than nitrous oxide.
Conscious Sedation FAQs
How Long Does It Last?
The affect of oral conscious sedation depends on the dose given to the patient. The dentist or anesthesiologist will estimate a safe dosage based on the patient’s height, weight, age, and the length of the procedure.
Can I Drive Home?
The dentist will discuss the amount of medication needed with the patient during their consultation and let the patient know if they will need to arrange for a responsible adult to take them home.
Is It Safe?
Oral conscious sedation is a safe, calming method that has been used to help many patients safely relax during their dental visit. This treatment is used routinely in patients who have trouble relaxing and undergoing dental treatment or if they have a large amount of dental work being done.
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Dr. Tatevossian offers his patients the option of oral conscious sedation to help rid them of their anxiety and fear as well as give them the level of relaxation they need to get through their visit. If you have trouble visiting the dentist, call our Redlands, CA dental office to discuss the benefits of oral conscious sedation and if it’s right for you.