What is oral (conscious) sedation?

Oral sedation, also called pill sedation, is one of the sedation dentistry strategies and calms down the patients during dental treatment. In this strategy, Dr. Adatrow would prescribe you a sedative pill to be consumed hours before the dental procedure. The oral sedative would be a Benzodiazepine (i.e., Valium, Xanax, or Halcion). The sedative would reduce brain activity, especially the areas controlling fear and anxiety, making the patient calmer and relaxed.

What are the benefits of oral sedation?

  • Comfort
  • Fewer appointments
  • Enhanced quality of treatment
  • No needles

What can the experience of oral sedation be compared to?

Undergoing Oral Sedation would be similar to the consumption of 5-7 beers.

5-7 beers = Oral Sedation

What precautions should I take for oral sedation?

You have to adhere to the instructions provided to you by our dental team. Recovery from oral sedation is not instantaneous as inhalation sedation but is faster than general anesthesia. However, we would recommend you ask someone to accompany you on the day of the procedure. You might still be a little drowsy after the procedure for a couple of hours, so we recommend that you not drive home or operate heavy machinery after the procedure.

Will I experience pain during oral sedation?

The purpose of oral sedation is for you to feel secure and fully relaxed. The sedative can make you feel drowsy and utterly pain-free so that within just one office visit, the dentist would be able to conduct several dental procedures.

How will I feel during oral sedation?

During oral conscious sedation, you will feel drowsy, but you would remain alert. You will respond to verbal commands, and you can be woken with a gentle shake. You will feel relaxed and react well to the doctor's instructions. You will recollect very little about the procedure like it all happened in the dream.

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