Oral sedation dentistry is an easy and effective way to treat patients with dental anxiety, or fear of the dentist.
Many people avoid going to the dentist out of fear. This will almost always lead to poor oral health and many dental problems. When dental concerns are ignored, they will only get worse. Seeking treatment as soon as possible will avoid expensive, complicated, and painful treatments.
Oral sedation used in dentistry today has helped millions of people regain their oral and overall health. It allows them to get the treatment they need despite the anxiety. When taken prior to the dental appointment, oral medication will provide a feeling of total relaxation.
Patients who undergo treatment under oral sedation dentistry typically report feeling relaxed and often have no memory of their procedure.
Dr. Bradley Dean has extensive experience and training in administering different types of sedation dentistry such as oral and IV sedation dentistry. The medications we offer are safe, effective, and carefully controlled.
Using commonly prescribed sedation medications that have been tested and studied, Dr. Dean can successfully complete almost any dental procedure. In your total state of relaxation, you will still be able to respond to his questions and breathe on your own.
Benefits of Oral Sedation Dentistry
- No needles
- Prescription medication is taken before your visit
- More affordable, compared to IV sedation
- Allows the dentist to perform more dental work in fewer visits
How Does Oral Sedation Dentistry Work
Oral sedation provides “light sedation” in order to ease anxiety. Dr. Dean will prescribe you medication that should be taken shortly before your scheduled visit. You must have a responsible adult escort to and from your appointment as oral medications will impair your ability to drive or travel alone.
As the medication metabolizes in the body and enters the bloodstream, you will enter a deep relaxed, and dream-like state. You will remain fully conscious and able to breathe independently. Some patients may even fall asleep. As the medication wears off, most patients experience some degree of amnesia.
A drawback to oral sedation is the unpredictability of side effects and reactions. In some cases, the recovery can be uncomfortable with unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, headache, and/or nausea.
Oral Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is oral sedation covered by dental insurance?
Typically, oral sedation will not be covered by dental insurance. Most providers will consider this a luxury or optional part of your treatment. Ultimately, it depends on the type of coverage you have and you should contact your provider to find out if they will cover it.
Is oral sedation dentistry safe?
Yes! Dr. Dean only administers safe medication that has been thoroughly tested and approved. You will be monitored during the entire procedure for your safety. If you are interested in oral sedation, we will take get your medical history and make sure you are a good candidate. You should discuss any conditions you have or the medication you are currently taking with Dr. Dean. He will give you specific instructions to follow on how to take the oral sedative.
What can I expect during oral sedation?
Although sedation’s effects vary from patient to patient, most people report feeling sleepy or extremely calm during their surgery. After using oral sedation, you might have a tingling feeling in your limbs and mouth as well.
How long does oral sedation take to work?
It could take up to an hour for you to feel anything. While sedatives injected into the bloodstream take effect within minutes, those taken orally take 30-60 minutes to be metabolized.
Can I eat before dental sedation?
Patients undergoing sedation must fast in accordance with the standard protocols for general anesthesia. You should fast for 6 hours prior to your surgery, although you can drink liquids up to 2 hours beforehand.
How do I relax before general anesthesia?
Methods of slowing the mind and body down like deep breathing, meditating, or muscle relaxation can be useful before sedation. The anesthetic will calm your nerves as well once it takes effect.