Oral conscious sedation utilizes oral sedative medication to significantly reduce your fears and discomfort. Oral conscious sedation does not require needles to administer and is less expensive than IV sedation. Benefits include:
- Very effective for mild to moderate anxiety
- Safe and easy
- You can breathe and speak on your own
Unlike general anesthesia, which renders patients completely unconscious, or IV sedation that requires placing an intravenous catheter, with oral conscious sedation you take a prescribed medication that leaves you able to speak and breathe on your own. Although you will not actually be asleep, you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation — and probably wil not remember much about the procedure afterwards. Your appointment will be a “dream” and hours in the chair will feel like minutes.
Oral conscious sedation will put you at ease so you experience little to no discomfort; however, your doctor will also administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you do not experience any pain. At this point in the procedure you will be so relaxed that you will hardly even notice.
Two appointments are generally required for a procedure utilizing oral conscious sedation. During your first visit, your doctor will take a detailed health history. If you are comfortable, he or she will look in your mouth and take digital x-rays. Next you will be given a prescription for a sedative medication to take the night before your second appointment so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep. The day of the procedure we will have you take the same medication about thirty minutes prior to your appointment.
You will be asked to have a companion bring you to and from the office for your second visit. Once you arrive, we may have you take additional medication to ensure that you are in a tranquil state of mind. We may also utilize nitrous oxide with your sedation. Our sedation team will monitor your comfort throughout your entire visit. When your procedure is finished and we are confident that you can safely go home, we will release you to your “attendant” to go home and rest for the rest of the day.