Is oral sedation safe?

Oral Sedation
28 Feb 2018

Is oral sedation safe?

Does the thought of going to the dentist fill you with fear? You are not alone. Many people would rather suffer from agonizing tooth pain instead of having dental procedures done. For people experiencing dental phobia, oral sedation dentistry can take the edge off their anxiety, allowing them to relax in the dentist’s chair. You don’t have to put off your needed dental treatments anymore!

What Is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

Oral sedation dentistry is one of the methods of conscious sedation dentistry, along with inhalation sedation involving nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or conscious intravenous sedation. The goal of oral sedation is to keep you comfortable and to reduce any fear or anxiety related to dental or surgical procedures. Along with oral sedation, you’ll need a local anesthetic to relieve any pain or discomfort.

Oral sedation can range between minimal and moderate, depending on the dose administered. You will take a sedative pill about an hour before your procedure which will make you feel drowsy and relaxed, but you will be conscious throughout the treatment. Oral sedation has amnesic characteristics, meaning you’ll likely have little or no memory of your dental visit.

Oral sedation is perfect for people who fear needles. It can benefit patients with different needs including high dental anxiety and fear, a severe gag reflex, difficulty getting numb, physical limitations such as back and neck problems, and more.

Is Oral Sedation Safe?

The oral sedatives used in dentistry are among the safest medications available for use in modern medicine. While oral sedation has been researched for decades and has a high safety record,  it is necessary for you to discuss your complete health history before administration to ensure the best results.

We will monitor your vital signs from the moment you enter our doors until we are confident that you are ready to leave. Our team is highly trained in safety and emergency procedures, ensuring that your visit is comfortable and safe.

Get the Dental Treatments You Need Today

There is no reason to put off any needed dental treatments. Our oral sedation options will leave you relaxed and comfortable throughout your dental procedure. We here at Scottsdale Esthetic & Implant Dentistry, are committed to delivering quality care while ensuring your safety and comfort. Schedule your appointment today!