Oral sedation is an anti-anxiety medication that you take by mouth before your dental appointment. The medication calms your mind and body and helps you feel more at ease at the dentist’s office. Oral sedation relaxes you to the point where you may fall asleep during the procedure. However, you still can respond to questions and requests during treatment. At AC Dentistry, it’s commonly used for dental procedures like root canals, tooth extractions, or crowns. Patients need to take the pill about an hour before their procedure.
How Does Oral Sedation Work?
Oral sedation uses pills or liquid medication to relax patients. This allows them to get through more dental treatment in one appointment. Patients typically feel more relaxed after receiving this form of sedation, but they aren’t completely unconscious. Patients are still able to respond to any questions or prompts from the dentist. Oral sedation is recommended for patients who need longer dental treatment, like dental implants.
What Types of Sedation Are There?
Oral sedation involves the use of anti-anxiety medication. There are two ways that oral sedation can be used. The first option is for the patient to take a pill before the procedure. The second option is for the patient to swish the pill around his or her mouth for about five minutes and then spit it out.
The Benefits of Oral Sedation
Unlike other forms of sedation, oral sedation isn’t administered intravenously. Oral sedation wears off more quickly than IV sedation. It’s also better for patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart problems.
Oral sedation relaxes patients, so they’re able to sit still through treatment. Some patients don’t even remember their procedure. The medications don’t cause pain, but many patients do feel like they slept through the procedure.
Quicker Treatment Time
Oral sedation allows you to receive treatment in fewer appointments than if you were receiving treatment without sedation. It can also reduce the amount of time it takes to feel completely relaxed during treatment.
More Complex Procedures Are Possible
If you’ve felt anxious about your procedure in the past, oral sedation can help take away your anxiety so that you can fully benefit from the procedure. Relaxing medications will reduce your anxiety and pain during your procedure, allowing you to feel calm, safe, and comfortable. Oral sedation can also help if you need multiple procedures done at once, such as with cosmetic dentistry.
No Need for a General Anesthetic
Oral sedation can be used when a patient prefers to be awake during dental treatment but needs a little help relaxing. Oral sedation does not put patients to sleep but relaxes them enough that they don’t feel anxious or afraid. In some cases, oral sedation can be used as an alternative to IV sedation.
Effective for Even Severe Dental Phobias
Oral sedation dentistry is safe, effective, and useful for even severe phobias of the dentist. Compassionate dentists know that phobias impact the quality of life, causing stress, affecting relationships, and interfering with work, school, and other activities. For this reason, they can offer oral sedation dentistry for fearful patients.
To learn more about the benefits of oral sedation, get in touch with AC Dentistry at 7350 Cahaba Valley Rd. #106, Birmingham, AL 35242, or call (205) 533-6799.