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Oral Conscious Sedation - Lawrenceburg

Calming Patients with Oral Conscious Sedation

One of the most common phobias, visiting the dentist causes many people severe anxiety and stress. Often, fearful patients forgo necessary dental care to avoid a visit to their dentist. If you find yourself feeling panicky at just the thought of having your teeth worked on, you should know that a safe, comfortable relaxation method exists. Oral sedation can alleviate anxiety so you can face your dental appointments with confidence.

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Why Choose Oyler Family Dentistry for Oral Conscious Sedation?

  • Finally Feel Comfortable for Your Dental Work
  • Achieve Deep Relaxation
  • Ideal for Complex Procedures

What Exactly Does Oral Sedation Entail?

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If you fear dental appointments, call our office to find out if oral sedation is right for you based on your medical history and current medications. If you're a good candidate for oral sedation, Dr. Oyler will select an appropriate anti-anxiety or sedative drug for you to take at a pre-determined time before your appointment. These safe, widely prescribed drugs diminish anxiety and help patients relax.

Your anxiety level will help Dr. Oyler determine your dosage, which in turn will determine your consciousness level during the appointment. Some patients become so relaxed that they drift off into a restful sleep during their procedure. Throughout your appointment, we'll closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. When you choose oral sedation, you must have a responsible adult drive you to and from your appointment and spend some time with you afterward until the sedative wears off completely.

Why Choose Oral Sedation?

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In general, patients choose oral sedation if they:

  • Experience severe anxiety or fear when faced with dental instruments
  • Put off important dental treatment because of fear
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have trouble feeling numb after receiving local anesthetic
  • Cannot rest comfortably in a dentist’s exam chair due to neck or back problems

What Risks & Side Effects are Associated with Oral Sedation?

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The anti-anxiety medications used for oral sedation have been prescribed and studied for many years, so potential side effects are well documented. These drugs are generally safe for most patients and have a low incidence of side effects, which tend to be minor.

Typically, Patients who Receive Oral Sedation Experience:

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  • Retrograde amnesia, in which they recall little to nothing about their dental procedure
  • Decreased post-operative soreness
  • Dry mouth. A very small percentage of patients may temporarily have hiccups after using oral sedation drugs.