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What is Oral Sedation?


Posted on 1/23/2023 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
What is Oral Sedation?Sedation is used during dental procedures to help you relax and reduce fear and anxiety. It is normal for a patient to feel anxious or have some fear before any dental procedure. The dentist will take you through the process slowly and educate you on the best treatment option as well as the sedation process. Among the common sedation options is oral sedation. This is administering sedation through the mouth. The dentists mainly use pills, and they give them to patients an hour before they perform any dental procedure. The sedation pills make you feel sleepy and reduce any anxiety you might be having. The pills can even make you sleepy during the procedure, but you are still in communication with the dentist.

When to use Oral Sedation?


Oral sedation is among the best options for sedation. At times sedation can be overnight, the dentist will advise you to have an escort due to the sedative effect. Even if the effect is mild, you will still be a responsible adult escort to the dentist. Some of the oral sedatives used are benzodiazepines like diazepam, triazolam, midazolam and zolpidem. These oral sedatives make sure that your body relaxes to the full and gets you ready to undergo dental procedures.

Types of Oral Sedation?


The use of IV moderate sedation is also during sedation. It allows the dentist to monitor you closely. Inhaled sedation is by use of laughing gas known as nitrous oxide which helps you relax and keep you happy. The laughing gas wears off fast and is best for short procedures. The dentist places a mask on your nose, and it releases the gas. Finally, is the deep sedation where you will be asleep as the dentist performs a dental procedure on you. Visit us and have our dentist educate you more on sedation options.




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