Saint Louis Dentist Gives You The Basics Of Oral Conscious Sedation

Written by Dr. Grayem on Oct 10, 2013

Sharon came into our Saint Louis dentist office needing quite a bit of dental care. There was just one problem—Sharon was terrified of dental care. In fact, Sharon had actually put off necessary dental care for years because she just couldn’t stomach the idea of sitting through dental treatment. So what did our Saint Louis dentists do?

We recommended oral conscious sedation for Sharon!

Oral conscious sedation is a type of sedation that is suitable for a wide variety of patients. If you suffer from dental anxiety, like Sharon, or if you are going to receive several dental treatments in a short period of time, sedation treatment may be able to help you.

So what exactly does oral conscious sedation do?

1. Calms you before treatment

That’s right! Oral conscious sedation is actually administered before you even come into the dentist’s office. All you have to do is take a small, dentist-prescribed pill, about an hour before your dental appointment. You will be feeling calm in no time at all.

2. Helps you stay comfortable during treatment

As our dental team performs your oral treatment, you will be conscious the entire time, but untroubled by the dental treatment process. Although you will be able to communicate with our dentist, you will not remember the details of treatment once the effects of sedation wear off.

3. Wears off quickly post-treatment

You will need to have someone drive you home directly after treatment, because you will still be feeling sedated. However, shortly after you get home the effects of sedation will wear off. You don’t have to do anything specific to “come out of” sedation, and there are no long-term effects of oral conscious sedation.

Patients love oral conscious sedation because it really works, and it is so user-friendly. Ready to learn more? Our Saint Louis sedation dentist office will walk you through the process!