If the thought of undergoing dental work sends you into a panic, you might be considering skipping your necessary dental work. Whether it is a simple cleaning and exam or you need a specific dental treatment, avoiding dental care can have very negative effects on your oral, and overall, health. Robert J. Malone DDS can help to alleviate your anxiety, making it easier to get the dental care you need, with oral sedation.
How Does Oral Sedation Work?
Oral sedation is a form of conscious sedation. This means that the medication you are given makes you feel calm, comfortable, and drowsy, but you are still conscious during your treatment. The medication is in the form of a prescribed pill that you take approximately one hour before your appointment. This will allow you to feel relaxed by the time you arrive.
No Needles Involved
One of the biggest advantages of oral sedation is that there are no needles used. This can be a great relief for those who are scared of them. There is no special equipment necessary at all when it comes to oral sedation. All you need to do is swallow a pill.
Feel Comfortable While Still Remaining Awake
Some patients are afraid of not being awake while undergoing dental treatment. With oral sedation, you may feel sleepy, but you are still conscious and responsive. Even so, oral sedation can produce temporary amnesia. What this means is that you may not remember your procedure. This can be a significant benefit for some patients. You will continue to feel drowsy for several hours following your treatment. Because of this, you will need to make sure that you have a responsible family member or friend with you who can drive you home when your appointment is done.
Is Oral Sedation Right for Everyone?
Oral sedation can be a great option for many dental patients. It is particularly good for those who have a fear of needles, as all you need to do is take medication by mouth. It can be a beneficial form of sedation for those with certain conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or epilepsy. While oral sedation can be great for many patients, there are some who should not use this form of sedation. Oral sedation is not recommended for those who are pregnant, have congestive heart failure, have depression, have impaired kidney or liver functions, or who have chronic bronchitis. There are also some patients who simply do not respond to the standard doses. Before recommending oral sedation, a consultation is necessary to determine if it is the right choice for you. We will go over your medical history and lifestyle habits. There are some medications that can counteract the effects of oral sedation, so it is important that we know all of the medications that you are taking. Based on your situation, we can determine if oral sedation is the right choice for you or if another form of sedation might be better.
If you break out into a cold sweat just thinking about sitting in a dentist’s chair, oral sedation may be able to help. Call Robert J. Malone DDS at (760) 546-5557 today for more information.