How Oral-Conscious Sedation Works

Professional dental care is an important factor in maintaining good dental health. However, some people hesitate to schedule dental treatments due to the fear and anxiety that they experience when contemplating or receiving dental care. 

Nowadays, dentists use localized anesthetics to ensure that any physical pain associated with a procedure is alleviated. Although these site-specific applications eliminate physical pain, they do not address the mental anguish incited by dental fears. 

To reduce dental fear and anxiety, conscious dental sedatives can be provided. These sedatives may be offered as a gas, an injection or an oral medication. Often, oral medication is deemed the most convenient option. Here are is a bit of information about oral conscious sedation to help you understand more about it.

What is conscious oral sedation?

Conscious oral sedation is dental sedation that is administered orally and does not render you unconscious. It allows you to remain alert enough to respond to the questions and instructions of your dentist. However, the sedation induces a calm, relaxed state that alleviates your nervousness and fears. 

Are there different degrees of conscious oral sedation?

There are two basic types of conscious oral sedation based on the depth of the sedation experienced:

  • Light oral sedation. During this type of dental sedation, you feel relaxed but are fully awake.  
  • Moderate oral sedation. With moderate oral sedation, you may feel sleepy throughout your procedure. In fact, you may even fall asleep, but you can be easily awakened. In addition, you are still able to respond to inquiries and commands.

How does your dentist help ensure your safety when conscious oral sedation is applied?

To help ensure that you remain safe during oral sedation, your dentist may do the following:

  • Obtain your complete medical history, including a list of your current medications. By reviewing your medical history to assess your health, your dentist can gain an understanding of what medications may be suitable for you. In addition, he or she will review your current medicines to prevent unwanted side effects and interactions when the oral sedative is administered.
  • Instruct you to bring along a driver. Oral sedatives are often taken about a half hour before your dental procedure. Thus, your dentist will likely ask you to bring along a driver to provide safe transportation to and from your appointment. 

For more information about oral conscious sedation and how it can benefit you, schedule a consultation with a sedation dentist in your local area.