Going to the dentist is one of the most common phobias you hear people talk about. We meet patients who are so severely afraid of the dentist’s office that they’ve put off important dental care for long periods of time. If you feel panicked at the idea of visiting our office, we want you to know about a safe, effective solution. Oral sedation is a great way to relieve the fear and stress so you can walk into our office with confidence.
Whether or not you are a good candidate for oral sedation and what kind is best for you will depend on your medical history and current medications. We encourage you to call us and ask if oral sedation is an option for you. Based on your needs and circumstances, we will recommend a sedative or anti-anxiety medication that you will take at a specific time prior to your appointment. These medications are widely prescribed and are a safe and effective way to reduce stress. Instead of arriving for your appointment nervous, you will arrive relaxed and ready.
The dosage recommended for you will depend on your level of anxiety. In turn, your dosage will be determined by your level of awareness during your appointment. You may fall asleep, feel drowsy, or just remain calm and relaxed during your procedure.
We closely monitor your vital signs for the entire duration of your appointment to ensure your safety. Remember that if you choose oral sedation, you need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who will drive you to and from your appointment and remain with you until the effect of the medication has worn away.
Oral sedation might be a good option for you if you:
The potential side effects of anti-anxiety medications are well documented because they’ve been prescribed and studied for many years. Oral sedatives are typically safe for the average patient, and there are a few minor side effects you can expect to experience.