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Oral Conscious Sedation

Woman sleeping on cloud If your mouth has been affected by an oral health issue, it is important that treatment is administered as soon as possible. Prompt treatment helps to stop the progression of the issue and restore the health of your mouth. If you start to feel tense or anxious, or even fearful, at the thought of undergoing dental treatment, you may try to avoid it. Ignoring the issues affecting your mouth, however, will only cause them to grow worse, and require more invasive treatment. At Pacific Maxillofacial Center LLC, we can help you to relax and get the treatment you need with oral conscious sedation.

Reasons for Sedation

Sedation is commonly used for patients who experience anxiety or fear regarding their dental treatments. With the help of sedation, you can relax completely while you are sitting in the dental chair. This will enable you to remain calm and comfortable while we perform your necessary treatments.

Feelings of anxiety and fear are not the only reasons to use sedation. Other common reasons for sedation include:
•  You have difficulty sitting still.
•  Your tolerance for pain is very low.
•  Your teeth are very sensitive.
•  You have a bad gag reflex.
•  You need several different procedures, or your procedure will take a long time to complete.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is a form of moderate sedation. With this type of sedation, you are kept conscious, but you are put in a drowsy state. Oral conscious sedation involves taking medication by mouth about an hour before your appointment. The medication typically takes effect in about 30 minutes, but the exact time it takes varies from patient to patient. It is imperative that you have someone drive you in to your appointment. For many patients, the medication induces temporary amnesia, and they report being unable to recall parts, or even any, of their procedure. The effects of the sedation can linger for several hours after your procedure is over, so you will need to have a driver to take you home.

Oral Conscious Sedation Benefits

There are several benefits to oral conscious sedation.
•  It is a completely safe way to have your necessary procedures performed. You are monitored throughout the procedure.
•  There are no needles or other special equipment required. You only need to take a medication by mouth.
•  You are made to be completely relaxed, allowing you to remain calm and comfortable. This also enables us to perform your procedure safely and effectively.

Drawbacks to Oral Conscious Sedation

While oral conscious sedation is completely safe, there are a few drawbacks. These include:
•  The exact time it takes for your medication to begin taking effect is unpredictable.
•  You will need to have someone with you who can drive you into the office as well as drive you home after your procedure.
•  As the medication begins to wear off, you may feel groggy.
•  The medication can cause temporary amnesia. For some patients, however, not being able to recall their procedure can be a good thing.

If the thought of undergoing dental treatment fills you with anxiety or dread, oral conscious sedation may be able to help. Call Pacific Maxillofacial Center LLC today to learn more at 808-585-8455.


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