What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?
If going to the dentist’s office intimidates you, you’re not alone. This is why oral conscious sedation has become so popular in recent years and why we offer it to all patients undergoing any procedure, including getting dental implants. It allows people who have anxiety or outright phobias of dentistry to get to the dentist, get their teeth fixed and get healthy, generally without remembering any of it and without any anxiety at all when they go to the dentist.
The most commonly used sedative for oral conscious sedation is Halcion. The patient is given one of these pills and, about an hour before they go off to the dentist, they take it. You have to have a friend drive you to the dentist; you cannot drive under the influence of this drug.
Once you get to the dentist’s clinic, the staff will escort you to the chair, you’ll have a seat and they hook you up to monitor so they know that everything is going well.
Many dentists offer additional comforts. These might include things like giving you a pair of dark glasses so that the bright lights aren’t shining in your eyes and giving you some music to listen to. Essentially, the dentist and their staff will do everything to make you as relaxed as possible, and the drug certainly helps take away any anxiety.
You still have to be given oral anesthetics, but not only our modern techniques for administering these anesthetics much more comfortable than former techniques, you won’t even remember the procedure after it is done, in all likelihood.
After you’ve finished up at the dentist’s office, you need your friend to drive you back home. In all likelihood, you’re going to want to fall asleep. When you wake up, you may remember a little bit about going to the dentist, but likely not much.
Oral conscious sedation is something that requires you to have the assistance of a friend or a family member. For about 24 hours after the drug is administered, it is not safe for you to drive. You also need someone to make sure you get to and from the dentist safely and, if possible, it’s a good idea to have them stay with you after the procedure just in case you need some extra help.
If you need a lot of dental work done, particularly intense dental work like the placement of dental implants or you’re just plain anxious about visiting the dentist, explore this option with your dentist. They want to help you with your health and, if oral conscious sedation can get you to deal with dental issues that you’ve been putting off for years because of anxiety, it’s too good of a health benefit to pass up.