Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a wonderful technique that may be used for children and adults. It is most effective and advantageous for patients with mild anxiety and fear as it allows patients to be comfortably sedated throughout an entire dental visit using just a small pill.
The pill can be taken about an hour before your treatment, which will make you feel relaxed and somewhat sleepy. You will, however, remain awake, and will be able to interact with and respond to us. Sometimes you may also be prescribed a pill to take the night before your treatment to help you sleep. It is imperative for someone to drive you to and from the appointment as the drug effects can last for several hours.
Common medications that are used include Valium, Ativan and Halcion, which are extremely safe and widely prescribed. Your vital signs will be monitored from the moment you arrive at the office, throughout the appointment, and until we are certain you are ready to leave