Did you know that nearly 75% of American adults experience some sort of fear or anxiety when visiting the dentist? Dental anxiety is alarmingly common and can make it difficult for the dentist to provide effective treatment. Because we want to offer you the best dental experience to improve your health, Snödental is proud to offer oral sedation options!
Also known as ‘conscious sedation’, this treatment involves taking a prescribed dose of a certain sedative. This typically comes in the form of a pill and, depending on the strength, your dentist will ask you to take the medication as early as the night before the dental treatment or as late as an hour before the procedure.
Oral sedatives will make you feel relaxed and increase your pain threshold. This helps dentists administer treatments with little complication. After taking the sedative you might feel drowsy or a little nauseous, so we recommend you ask someone to drive you home once the procedure is over.
If you suffer from dental fears, oral sedation often causes procedural amnesia, which is great news if you want to avoid remembering the treatment. Other advantages include:
Easy to administer
Requires no needles
It’s safe and keeps your responsive
30-60 minutes to take effect.
Unlike IV sedatives which can take effect almost immediately, oral sedatives can take up to an hour to start working. Although you’ll be aware of what’s happening around you and can answer questions, you will be in a dream-like daze. It’s not uncommon for patients to not remember much if any of the procedure after the effects of the oral sedatives wear off.
Undergoing a dental procedure shouldn’t be intimidating! With our oral sedation treatment, we will give you our high-quality dental treatments without any of the anxiety. Contact our office today to find out more!