For oral sedation, patients take prescribed oral medication prior to treatment, leaving them relaxed and extremely comfortable. Our dental team monitors your vital signs throughout the entire appointment. You will still be awake enough to respond to the doctor, but will be much more comfortable for treatment. Prior to your visit we will review the specific instructions for you to follow before and after your oral sedation appointment (See Before Sedation and After Sedation).
Sedation dramatically reduces the body’s natural tendency to tense muscles while stressed, helping you to feel relaxed and at ease. Dental anesthetics are more effective while the body is relaxed, eliminating most of your concerns about discomfort during treatment.
Both oral and intravenous sedation have various pros and cons. Opponents of oral sedation often claim it can be unpredictable, and not easily “titratable” or reversible. Often, oral sedation may not provide enough sedation to decrease a patient’s anxiety during a particular procedure or appointment. Feel free to inquire which type of sedation may be most effective for your situation!