Although Oral Sedation dentistry has become much better known in recent years, it has actually been an effective and safe method for alleviating anxiety in nervous patients for quite a long time. In fact, we have been providing this same option to our anxious patients for over 30 years.
Oral Sedation, as it is called today, is simply taking a prescription medication before a dental appointment to provide a relaxing, anxiety-free experience. The medications used create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment.
In reality, oral sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation. It is one of several Dental Sedation alternatives available to patients who experience a common apprehension called “dental phobia.” Others are inhalation sedation involving nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as it is commonly called, and general anesthesia, which literally does allow patients to “sleep” through their procedure.You should consult with a qualified sedation dentist to determine which technique is right for you. It could be determined by your level of anxiety or the dental procedure you need.
That is why it is good to ask how many different sedation procedures a dentist is licensed to perform. It is also important to ask about the specific level of training and experience of the dentist and staff.
We offer our patients oral sedation as well as nitrous oxide and general anesthesia from a staff anesthesiologist because we believe there should be no reason for dental phobia to keep anyone from receiving the vital dental care they need.