If you are have dental anxiety or have a fear of dentist, oral sedation is an option of concsious sedation that may be administered by your dentist to help calm down your mind and body whilst you are having treatment. With mild sedation using oral medications, you remain awake but do not feel as tense or stressed. The oral sedative is typically a type of benzodiazepine that decreases activity in the parts of the brain that controls fear and anxiety.
At BIDH oral and dental implant center, a registered nurse will be present to monitor you throught the oral sedation process alongside your dentist and dental assistant.
Benefits of Conscious Sedation by Oral Medication
- Non-invasive and easy to administer as a pill medication is prescribed to you taken orally.
- There is no needles unlike for IV sedation and general anesthesia.
- Causes amnesia with little memory of the dental treatment suited for individuals suffering from mild to moderate dental fear, dental anxiety or fear of pain.
- It is safe and less likely to experience side effects.
- You are still conscious and able to respond to your dentist instructions but you will feel drowsy. Therefore, you are able to have multiple dental procedures done including non-surgical treatments. General anesthesia is normally reserved for surgery typed treatments.
Limitations of Oral Sedation
- For oral sedation, the sedation is not immediately effective. individuals do have to wait for an hour or more before feeling calm.
- The level of sedative dosage is not easily adjusted or changed based on patient feedback and feeling as the conscious sedation takes time to become effective.
- Each individuals metabolism has a different reaction to the sedative medication, therefore how long and how effective the sedative is to eah person will differ that is not easily controlled by your dentist.