At Mark H Wright DDS, we recognize that dental fear and anxiety are real. But it doesn’t end there — we offer oral conscious sedation to keep you relaxed while the dentist works on you. Do you feel like you want to try sedation dentistry but want to know more? No worries. We will try to shed more light on the procedure in this article but don’t hesitate to contact our dental practice if you need more information.
Patients with dental anxiety may give all sorts of excuses to avoid a dental appointment. Even when they are in pain, they would rather brave the discomfort than see a dentist. The problem with dental fear is that it prevents patients from accessing crucial dental appointments, resulting in more pain and costly restorative procedures.
Oral sedatives may do the trick for patients with mild to moderate dental fear. This form of sedation involves taking a prescription medicine a few hours before your appointment. The sedatives increase your pain threshold and tolerance by interacting with the receptors in your body to calm your nerves.
When under the oral sedative, patients are conscious and can respond and answer questions. However, after the procedure, the patients have little to no memory of the details of the procedure. That enables dentists to work on the patients seamlessly, even for treatments that take hours.
Since the sedation makes you drowsy, you must have someone drive you in and out of the dental office. For added safety, take the rest of the day off to allow the sedation to wear off completely.
Oral sedation calms the nerves of anxious patients, enabling the dentist to work on with little to no interruption. The other benefits of oral sedation dentistry include: