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Relax with Sedation Dentistry

By Damien Armstrong on September 04, 2013


Chattanooga Oral Conscious SedationLet’s face it - a lot of people don’t look forward to seeing a dentist. Some people have a fear of needles or sharp instruments, some have had bad dental experiences in the past, and some simply have a general fear of being in the dentist’s chair. If you suffer from dental phobia, there’s good news. The dental services offered by Dr. Armstrong include sedation dentistry - a popular practice that involves the administration of a sedative drug that can significantly reduce your fear and anxiety.

Oral conscious sedation is one of the most common methods of conscious sedation dentistry; other forms are inhaled sedatives (nitrous oxide) or intravenous (IV) sedatives. Also known as “sleep dentistry,” sedation dentistry helps patients with even the most severe dental phobia to feel calm and relaxed during their dental treatments.

Sedation dentistry is also a great option for patients who require extensive dental work and want to avoid multiple visits. When a patient is sedated, complicated dental procedures can often be finished in less time. It’s a convenient option for patients who want to have several cosmetic dentistry treatments in one visit.

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Oral conscious sedation puts the patient into a state of near-sleep through the use of an oral medication, or pill. In this state, you’ll still be able to respond to questions and commands from the dentist, but you’ll feel very relaxed. When the drug wears off, you’ll probably have little or no memory of your experience.

Oral sedative drugs are easy to take. Depending on what’s best for you and the dental treatments you’ll be having, your dentist will prescribe a certain drug, which will most likely be taken orally (swallowing). Some sedative drugs are administered sublingual (placed under the tongue). Your dentist may prescribe a single dose, or may recommend incremental doses to help medicate you as early as the day before treatment.

At River City Dental in Chattanooga, Dr. Armstrong will prescribe your pill to take before coming into our office. Depending on how quickly the drug takes effect, you may need assistance getting to our office, so it’s very important to bring a family member or friend to assist you before and after your appointment. You’ll probably feel mildly sedated after your appointment, and we recommend that you sleep or relax at home.

Are Oral Sedative Drugs Safe?

Common drugs for oral conscious sedetaion include diazepam (Valium) and midazolam (Versed). A well-known and time-tested sedative, diazepam has a longer effect than other drugs, which makes it a good choice when complex dentistry treatments are being performed.

Midazolam lasts only about one hour, making it ideal for simple procedures or short appointments. With oral conscious sedation, you can feel safe and comfortable during your general or cosmetic dental procedure.

What Are the Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation?

One of the most appealing reasons to opt for oral conscious sedation is that it allows you to feel at ease and worry-free before and during dental treatments. Other great benefits include:

  • Is easy to administer (you simply have to take a pill)
  • Does not involve needles
  • Costs less than IV sedation
  • Remains effective for up to several hours
  • Allows more dental work to be completed in one office visit
  • Minimizes your memory of any unpleasant sights or smells
  • Allows you to safely and comfortably receive the dental work you need

Learn More about Sedation Dentistry

If you need to see a dentist but dread doing so, we invite you to contact our office today to discuss sedation dentistry. Whether you have a cavity that’s causing pain and sensitivity, or would like natural-looking veneers to improve your smile, Dr. Damien Armstrong looks forward to meeting you and discussing your dental needs and concerns. With years of experience as a general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist, you’ll be in good hands.

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