Visiting the dentist can be very stressful for some. Our Delta dentists understand this is because many experience dental anxiety or increased oral sensitivity. If this is true for you, oral conscious sedation may be able to help you relax during your appointment.
At our dental office in Delta, we aim to help each patient feel comfortable and relaxed, regardless of their reason for visiting our clinic.
Though dental sedation is usually not offered for routine dental care such as x-rays or regular dental cleanings, it may be considered if you suffer from extreme anxiety or oral sensitivity and need to come in for these procedures.
Oral conscious sedation may help you get the treatment you need — and feel more relaxed while it’s happening. You can leave our office with the peace of mind that your oral health has been taken care of.
What is oral conscious sedation?
If you find yourself dreading dental appointments or are particularly stressed or uncomfortable during your time in the chair, our Delta dentists may be able to help you relax by prescribing an option such as oral conscious sedation or another potential aid.
You’d take these medications in pill or liquid form the night before your appointment to help you sleep, and/or one hour prior to your appointment to help you feel calm and relaxed when it’s time for your procedure.
With oral conscious sedation, you’ll notice the feeling of calm relaxation lasts long enough to help you get through most dental procedures with the least amount of stress possible. Our goal is always to help you leave our office feeling positive about your experience with us.
What does oral conscious sedation feel like?
After you take the sedation medication, you’ll start to feel more relaxed and calm. This relaxed feeling will last for the duration of your appointment. You’ll remain awake and calm during your treatment. Keep in mind that you may feel calm enough to take a nap during your treatment.
Most health patients will be able to take oral conscious sedation safely with no challenges, but our dentists understand that every patient’s needs are different. No problem — you and your dentist can use oral conscious sedation in the way that works best for you. If you think dental sedation may help you cope with increased oral sensitivity or dental anxiety, talk to your Delta dentist.
Prior to your treatment, the dentist will ask for a full medical history to learn whether sedation is right for you, and to avoid any reactions with prescription drugs you may be taking.
If you are scheduled to receive oral conscious sedation while being treated, arrange in advance for someone to drive you home after your appointment, as you will be unable to drive at this time.