Kirkwood Dentist Explains How Oral Conscious Sedation Works During Treatment

Written by Dr. Grayem on Aug 31, 2011

Going to the dentist is a scary proposition for many patients. Some people have negative memories from old dental experiences—may they dealt with a lot of pain during treatment, or as children they didn’t understand what was happening at the dentist’s office.  I understand that it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get to the dentist, which is why our Kirkwood sedation dentists actively work with patients to minimize their anxiety and help them get the treatment they need.

Oral conscious sedation is an innovative treatment option that effectively addresses dental anxiety, fear, and pain through every phase of treatment. With oral conscious sedation, you don’t have to deal with any IVs or intimidating machines. You will simply take a small pill before treatment to alleviate your anxiety. Many patients choose oral conscious sedation because it is straightforward, easy to undergo, and effective through every stage of treatment.  

Before Treatment

Before your procedure you will take a small pill. This pill will help you feel relaxed and a little drowsy going in to your appointment. Before treatment, when you are still aware and anxious, you won’t have to endure any sedation shots or IVs.

During Treatment

During your procedure, you will technically be awake—you’ll even be able to answer questions and respond to our dental team. You will feel relaxed and peaceful, and after your sedation takes effect, you may receive additional pain management and anti-anxiety remedies.  

After Your Procedure

Once your treatment is completed you will go home (with a trusted ride!) to rest and allow the sedative effects to wear off. You probably won’t remember anything about your procedure—most patients report that they find themselves relaxing at home, amazed that they drifted through their dental treatment without a care!

Oral conscious sedation is a good option for many patients who experience intense dental phobia.  This treatment option is effective and stress-free for patients. Give us a call if you any questions about oral conscious sedation, we’re here to help—(314) 332-1307 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (314) 332-1307      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.