& Second Opinions
Dental phobias can make it difficult to sit still during your treatment – or to even walk into the office at all. However, even the most anxious of patients can feel at ease in the dental chair with the right kind of dental sedation! When you call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Crumpton, we encourage you to tell us about any anxieties or worries that you have about your visit. Depending on your situation, we may recommend oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide.
Oral conscious sedation involves the administration of an oral sedative to reduce your fear and anxiety related to a dental procedure. Usually taken in the form of a pill, this sedative reduces your anxiety while allowing you to remain conscious.
Oral conscious sedation is one of the most common forms of sedation. Patients prefer this method because it is extremely convenient, effective, and low risk. It is used to produce a light to moderate effect, depending on the amount of sedative you receive.
On the day of your treatment, you will be prescribed an anti-anxiety pill, which is taken approximately one hour before your appointment. The pill will take effect fairly quickly, so you are required to have an escort take you to the appointment.
During the procedure, the effects of the sedative should be in full swing. You will be in a deep state of relaxation but retain your ability to respond to verbal commands. Once the procedure is complete, the effects of the sedative will continue for several hours. Again, you will be unable to drive and must have an escort. We cannot stress the importance of this enough!
You may experience an amnesia effect and remember little or none of the procedure. Many patients find this to be the most attractive part of oral conscious sedation. One minute they are heading towards the office, the next, they are sitting at home with their dental treatment complete.
Here is a list of the most common medications:
Oral conscious sedation is almost always used in conjunction with a local anesthetic. A local anesthetic will numb the area in question and eliminate pain. In some cases, oral conscious sedation is also used with nitrous oxide gas.
The main advantages of oral conscious sedation include:
Nitrous oxide earned the nickname laughing gas from the feeling of euphoria it instills in people, even to the point where they might even start giggling. Throughout your appointment, you’ll breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a special mask placed over your nose. You may feel lightheaded, but you won’t fall asleep – you’ll simply be deeply relaxed. (You might doze off, but you can be reawakened quite easily.) The sedative will wear off quickly once the mask is removed.