Oral Sedation Dentistry’s roots can be traced all the way back to the days of using whiskey to help take the edge off of dental pain. Thankfully, modern medicine had made leaps and bounds since then. Advances in science, dentistry, and pharmacology have generated a wide range of options for adding comfort to the dental experience.
Oral sedation, (sedation through the use of pills taken orally) was first regularly used in dentistry in the late 1990s.
Oral Sedation Dentistry drugs are taken orally the morning of treatment to induce minimal to moderate sedation. Medications may also be administered immediately before the appointment and throughout longer treatments to ensure that the patient’s comfort level is maintained. Oral Sedation often leaves a patient with little to no memory of their dental procedure, including the sights, sounds, and smells.
There are no intra-venous tubes or needles and general anaesthetic is not used. As you are completely relaxed and comfortable years of needed dental treatment can be completed in one or two visits.
A companion is required to drive a patient to and from their dental treatment, and remain under their supervision for 24 hours. The medications typically wear off within that time with little to no chance of side effects. All medical conditions, as well as medications, vitamins, and supplements should be discussed prior to sedation to ensure the safest and most comfortable dental experience possible. For more information, please click on our links below.
Are you delaying treatment you need and want? We invite you to experience dentistry like you’ve never experienced it before. Step out from under the shadow of fear and into the calm of Oral Sedation Dentistry.
If you feel you are a candidate for Oral Sedation Dentistry, contact us for a complimentary consultation.