Oral Conscious Sedation
If the idea of going to the dentist for a procedure brings on feelings of fear or anxiety there are options to ease the anxiety. We administer oral sedation by mixing powder combinations from different sedative medications and allow them to dissolve underneath the tongue. We do high-end oral sedation where we are able to re-dose our patients to a deeper level, and this requires higher level training and permits to provide. This will allow you to have a light sleep, feeling relaxed and at ease while we perform the dental work. Oral conscious sedation does not "knock you out" like some other forms of anesthesia (IV sedation). You will be in and out of your sleep during your procedure. It is also possible that you will not remember part, or all, of your procedure.
Oral conscious sedation is extremely safe and easy. It is much less expensive than IV sedation since it's a lighter sleep. You will remain in a very relaxed state while you're in and out of your sleep, and you will be breathing on your own throughout the procedure. It also makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing you to have all of your work done in a single visit. As an added precaution a local anesthetic will be given to the area that is being worked on to ensure that there is no pain. You will need to have someone drive you to and from the office if you use oral conscious sedation for your safety.
Don't wait any longer to have necessary dental work performed because you are nervous. Ask your dentist about oral conscious sedation to see if it is right for you.
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