We offer dental sedation in the form of oral sedatives to relieve stress and anxiety for patients coming in for complex treatments and surgeries.
Trusted, Gentle Sedation Dentists
Worrying about an upcoming dental procedure or needing extensive work done on your smile but avoiding it due to the anticipation of dental pain? You’re not alone. Fearing the dentist is very common, and you’ll never be judged for it with us. We have the time and the patience to manage your care effectively in a way that feels comfortable for you. That’s why we offer several dental sedation types, from oral sedatives to intravenous sedation. So, whatever your need for oral sedation, we can administer it to help you relax during even something as small as a hygienist clean. Never compromise your oral health again.
What is oral sedation?
Oral sedation, also called pill sedation, is one of the three major sedation methods our sedation dentists use to help calm anxious patients during dental procedures like implant surgery.
Unlike other conscious sedation types like IV sedation, patients take the sedative in pill form during their appointment. The oral sedative used is a type of Benzodiazepine (Valium, Halcion, Xanax), which will minimise activity in the part of the brain that controls fear and anxiety.
How will you feel?
Taking sedatives itself can even be scary – but the results are controlled, and you can just expect to feel very relaxed. You’ll still be conscious and responsive but in a calm mood. The sedative will also wear off fairly quickly too.
Oral sedation advantages
- Easy to administer: Out of all three sedation options, oral sedation is the easiest as all you have to do is swill the pill an hour before your appointment to feel nice and relaxed by the time you arrive.
- No needles involved: Fear of the dentist often circulates around the fear of needles, which is used in the administration of intravenous sedation. With oral sedation, you can take the sedative orally without worrying about the stress of being injected.
- No memory: Oral sedatives cause patients to experience amnesia and have little to no memory of the procedure. This will be a bonus for phobic patients as they’ll have no recollection of the events that happened when they were sedated.
- Safe: Regulated by the FDA, oral sedatives are safe to use, and patients are extremely unlikely to experience any alarming side effects.
- Conscious: Oral sedation might cause you to feel drowsy, however, you’ll still be awake and responsive. As you’ll be aware, during the procedure, you will be able to respond to our dentist’s instructions.
There are some downsides to oral sedation, for example, the fact the effects are not immediate. Pill sedation doesn’t kick in as fast as Iv sedation, and will need to be taken an hour or so in advance.
Another disadvantage to oral sedation, and all sedation types, is tat patients will not be able to drive themselves to their appointment and will need an adult to escort them home and stay with them all day.