Oral sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to treat patients with dental anxiety, or fear of the dentist. When taken prior to the dental appointment, oral medication will provide a feeling of relaxation. Patients who undergo treatment under oral sedation dentistry typically report feeling relaxed and often have no memory of their procedure.
Plano, TX periodontist Dr. Bradley Dean is highly trained and experienced in multiple methods of sedation dentistry including oral and IV sedation dentistry. The medications we offer are safe, effective and carefully controlled.
Benefits of Oral Sedation Dentistry
- No needles
- Prescription medication 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 medication for sedation dentistry to be taken shortly before your scheduled visit. You must have a responsible adult escort to and from their appointment as oral medications will impair your ability to drive.
As the medication metabolizes in the body and enters the blood stream, you will enter a relaxed and dream like state. You will remain full conscious and able to breathe independently. Some patients will fall asleep, most patients have 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.