Sedation Dentistry: Does it Work? Our Saint Louis Dentist Explain

Written by Dr. Grayem on Jun 9, 2018

As sedation dentistry becomes more accessible and convenient, many patients are reaping the benefits, and achieving healthy smiles that once seemed out of reach. Sedation treatment is useful in a number of dentistry situations, and our Saint Louis dentists have seen just how life-changing this type of treatment can be certain dental patients. 

The sedation treatment that we offer is designed to help put you at ease, so that you feel confident and comfortable in the dentist’s chair. This isn’t the type of sedation that knocks you out, or requires a hospital stay. Rather, sedation dentistry is delivers relaxing results, without ever rendering the patient unconscious. 

Oral conscious sedation is a popular relaxation solution in our office. Firstly, because this treatment is easily administered; you’ll simply need to take a small, dentist-prescribed pill about an hour before you come in for your appointment. Additionally, oral conscious sedation starts to take effect before you even get into our office. So, if you’re an anxious dental patient who is prone to skipping or cancelling appointments to avoid treatment, oral conscious sedation can help you overcome this barrier.

While, as the name suggests, you will never actually be unconscious while sedated, you will benefit from the amnesic effects of the medicine we use. You’ll be able to respond to our dental team while you’re in the dentist’s chair, but you probably won’t remember any of your appointment once the effects of the medication wear off.

Oral conscious sedation is a well-tolerated sedation option, so it is suitable for many different types of patients. If you think that you may benefit from sedation, the best thing to do is to schedule a consultation with our Saint Louis sedation dentists. We’ll be able to assess your situation, and your dental needs, so that you can decide whether sedation is right for you. We look forward to speaking with you!