Are you wondering if oral sedation dentistry is right for you? Do you have questions? Here are some key answers. You can also call and discuss conscious sedation with us at Discovery Dental clinic. Or you could ask a friend or family member to discuss it with us, if your anxiety is high.
Does Oral Sedation Take Away Pain?
Oral sedation medications affect the part of the brain that controls fear, making you relaxed and comfortable. If your family dentist needs to control pain—say, during a restorative dentistry procedure—we will use a local anesthetic, which will keep you numb and safe from pain.
How Can I Get Oral Sedation?
You can just request it yourself or have a friend or family member ask for it. We promise we are friendly and will always treat you like a member of the family.
We will give you a prescription to pick up your conscious sedation drugs from the pharmacy. These are easy pills to swallow. You’ll take them a certain amount of time before coming to an appointment. This will help you start to get relaxed even before arriving at the dentist office!
Why Do I Experience Dental Anxiety?
It’s fairly normal to have dental anxiety. Patients who have it were often legitimately hurt when they were young, when they couldn’t understand the importance of dentistry. That set up tension and a habit of fear in their body, and their energy gets drained whenever they think about general dentistry today.
Or you could have a condition that makes your teeth more sensitive than average, which genuinely makes dentistry more difficult for you. You may also have been going through a traumatic experience at the same time as a past dental visit.
Lastly, you could have a generalized anxiety condition that makes you nervous for many things—and dental appointments is just one of them.
What you can know for sure is that at Discovery Dental, we will use gentle practices, understanding attitudes, and relaxing oral sedation to help you avoid infection and other dental or oral issues. Visit our office to meet our team and have a stress-free consultation with our caring dentist, Dr. Vanama.Click Now for Your FREE Consultation
Can Oral Sedation Make Me Miss Work or School?
After this moderate sedation, you should not drive yourself for about 24 hours. It’s possible for patients to forget experiences for a few hours afterwards—which is seen as an advantage to some who want to forget dentistry but is also a hazard if you are driving, working, or going to class.
Have a friend or family member give you a ride both to your local dentist office at Discovery and to your home afterward. Schedule your procedure for a time when you will be able to relax afterwards. It might be right before a weekend, or you can schedule a day off with your employer.
Does Oral Sedation Have Side Effects?
Every type of oral sedation pill that your dentist will prescribe has been carefully studied and tested, before being approved by the FDA. They usually don’t cause strong side effects. Sometimes, patients report hiccups or mild nausea, along with temporary amnesia related to procedures (which many patients are glad about).
Will Oral Sedation Put Me to Sleep?
Oral sedation is in the category of conscious sedation. What is conscious sedation? It means you’ll stay awake. This is a benefit to your dental specialists and to you, because you will be able to follow instructions during procedures—opening your mouth, rinsing, and so on.
You might feel a little sleepy during the procedure, but you usually won’t actually sleep. The dental clinic team will keep checking on you throughout your visit to ensure you are still sedated and comfortable.
Do I Need to See a Certain Type of Dentist for Oral Sedation?
Your local family dentist at Discovery Dental can write you a prescription for oral sedation pills. At our dentist office in Issaquah, we are experienced with patients who have dental anxiety and at using oral sedation. We also use anesthesia for your comfort during certain types of procedures.
Contact Discovery Dental for Safe Oral Sedation
If you want to protect your oral health and get rid of dental anxiety, you can discuss oral sedation dentistry with your family dentist at Discovery Dental. You can contact us just to ask a question—or get a family member to call us.
We hope you’ll set up an appointment with Discovery Dental soon so that we can improve your dental health and protect your unique, beautiful smile.Click Now for Your FREE Consultation