Sedation Dentistry For Those Who Have A Little Anxiety
Oral Conscious Sedation
For those with dental anxiety, the entire appointment can be stressful from beginning to end. To help these patients feel more comfortable, we can offer oral conscious sedation. Although this option comes with a longer effectiveness timeline, its powerful effects can help you stay calm, relaxed, and perfectly comfortable throughout your time in the chair. If you think you could benefit from oral conscious sedation for your next dental appointment, contact us to talk to Dr. Bartusiak.
What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is oral medication that is given prior to the treatment and induces a moderate state of sedation. Oral sedatives commonly used include Valium, Halcion, Ativan, and Versed. Oral sedatives do not cause sleep but will usually dull the senses. Many patients who use this method of sedation do not remember the procedure.
How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?
Before your appointment, you need to have a discussion with Dr. Bartusiak about using sedation. He will prescribe a pill that you must take at a certain time prior to arriving to our office. It should take effect around the time you come, which means you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. Again, you are unlikely to sleep, but oral conscious sedation often leaves patients without specific memories of the procedure. It will take several hours for the sedative to wear off, so we recommend having someone monitor you for a while after you get home.
Are You a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?
Dr. Bartusiak may recommend oral conscious sedation for any of the following reasons:
- You have moderate to severe anxiety about your dental appointment.
- You wish to be sedated for your entire visit.
- You are undergoing multiple treatments or a complex procedure that will take a long time.
- You are a healthy adult who does not have allergies to medication.
If you would like to take advantage of oral conscious sedation, be sure to talk to Dr. Bartusiak about your anxiety. Together you can find the perfect solution and plan on using it at your next appointment.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Sedation dentistry in Washington can help you enjoy fear-free dental care at last! However, it’s only natural to have some questions about what it’s like to be sedated at the dentist’s office. We want you to feel as confident and prepared as possible, so we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about sedation dentistry below so you can learn more about it. Of course, if you don’t see the answers you’re looking for below, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
When administered by an experienced professional like Dr. Bartusiak, sedation dentistry is extremely safe. Dr. Bartusiak has been practicing dentistry for decades and has completed over 2500 hours of continuing education in advanced topics. Before your treatment, Dr. Bartusiak will meet with you to discuss your concerns and review your medical history to make sure that dental sedation is a safe option for you. If you’re determined to be a good candidate and decide to move forward with it, our seasoned team will monitor you closely throughout your treatment to ensure you are as comfortable and safe as possible.
Although many nervous patients want to be “knocked out” for the procedures they’re anxious about, doing so comes with risk. Alternatively, sedation dentistry can ensure you are calm and comfortable throughout your treatment in a much safer and gentler manner. In fact, you’re not likely to remember your time under dental sedation either, and many patients drift into a light sleep during their appointment.
Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation help patients achieve a deep level of relaxation that’s similar to a dreamlike state. The effects of oral conscious sedation take a little while to come into full effect, while sedation from IV sedation kicks in right away. Both have lingering effects that will make you feel groggy for a little while after your appointment. This is why you’ll need a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from our practice. The effects of your sedation will wear off within a few hours, but many patients plan to take the rest of the day off to recover. Typically, most patients will return to their normal level of alertness within six hours.
After treatment, many patients are surprised to hear that sedation dentistry is not designed to put you to sleep. Though you’ll feel somewhat “zoned-out” you will remain conscious enough to respond to basic instructions and answer simple questions. That being said, you are not likely to remember anything afterwards. Sedation dentistry hinders the body’s ability to perceive pain and form memories, causing an amnesiac effect.
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