Oral (Conscious) Sedation
Going to the dentist is a source of fear for many people. They are afraid that they might suffer pain or discomfort during the procedure. Fortunately, we offer sedation dentistry to help you relax during more invasive dental procedures.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
During the sedation process, Dr. Eshraghi will give you a drug before or during the dental procedure. Only general anesthesia will make you completely unconscious. Other forms of sedation, known as local anesthesia, will make you more relaxed but won't make you lose consciousness.
What are Oral Sedatives and How do they Work?
Oral sedatives are among the most common choices for dental sedation. The pills we use are usually Halcion (which comes from the same family of drugs as Valium) or diazepam, and we administer them about an hour before the procedure.
Oral sedation ranges from minimal to moderate depending on how much the total dosage is. If we want minimal sedation, we'll give you a pill. Dr. Eshraghi will write a prescription for a drug and give you specific instructions for how to take it. Follow his instructions carefully so that the medication will have its desired effect in relaxing you and reducing your anxiety. Once said pill has taken effect you will remain awake, but your anxiety level will drop and you may feel slightly drowsy until the effects wear off.
If we're aiming for a moderate level of sedation, then we will provide a larger dose. This type of anesthesia is the one people most often associate with sedation dentistry. Moderate oral sedation is enough to cause some patients to fall asleep during the procedure, but a brief shake is often enough to awaken them.
When is Oral Sedation Necessary?
There are variety of reasons why one may need oral sedatives, such as:
[[[Anxiety or panic disorders
~Bad past experiences with dentistry
~Overly sensitive oral nerves
~A small mouth that experiences soreness during dental procedures
~Resistances to local anesthetic]]]
If any of these conditions apply to you, let Dr. Eshraghi know and we'll discuss solutions, Sedatives can greatly soothe patients undergoing procedures such as dental implants, tooth removals, and root canals, among others, but we don't usually offer it for dental cleanings, x-rays, or other routine care procedures. We may administer it in those latter cases for patients with strong anxiety, however.
Is Sedation Dentistry the Best Choice for Me?
If you're putting off getting dental work done out of fear, then sedation dentistry is a great solution to this problem. Ignoring pressing dental issues can worsen your oral health as well as your overall health. Also, dental problems can get more severe if left unchecked, making treatment more expensive and difficult.
Sedation works incredibly well, but it's not meant for every patient or every procedure. Ask Dr. Eshraghi about oral sedation if you're having dental work done. We'll go over your medical history to decide what the best choice is for you. We may opt for another form of sedation or even none at all.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.