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How Will You Know if Oral Conscious Sedation is Right for You?

March 25, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — worcesterimplants @ 7:07 pm
Relaxed woman leaning back in chair at periodontist’s office

If you suffer from dental anxiety, the idea of having any type of periodontal work performed could make you feel extremely nervous. However, you have heard that some periodontists offer oral conscious sedation to help their patients relax. Could this be the key to getting the care you require while keeping your fears under control? Here’s a look at oral conscious sedation and what makes someone a good candidate for it.

What Exactly is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Oral conscious sedation does not involve any needles; instead, you will simply take a pill prior to your appointment. Your periodontist will give you instructions on when to take the pill to ensure that the effects kick in by the time your treatment begins.

Not all patients will have the exact same experience, but generally speaking, you can expect oral conscious sedation to put you in an advanced state of relaxation. You may feel drowsy enough to drift off, but you can be awakened easily. You will still be capable of following any directions that your periodontist gives you and answering their questions.

Since the effects of oral conscious sedation take a while to completely wear off, you should make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you home and keep an eye on you until you’re back to normal.

Is Oral Conscious Sedation the Right Choice for You?

After learning about the specifics of oral conscious sedation, you may find yourself wondering whether you’re a good candidate for it. This type of sedation can be a great choice for a variety of patients, including those who:

  • Have moderate to severe dental phobia.
  • Tend to gag easily.
  • Are resistant to having their mouths numbed.
  • Have unusually sensitive teeth or gums.
  • Find it difficult to sit still.
  • Are suffering from chronic jaw pain.

In addition to being useful in many different situations, oral conscious sedation is also considered safe for most adults. That being said, it’s not recommended for pregnant women, and it may not be suitable for you if you’re allergic to certain types of medication. In order to determine whether you’re a candidate for oral conscious sedation, your periodontist will need to look over your health history and consider your current situation.

If you have concerns about your upcoming periodontal treatment, oral conscious sedation could be the key to soothing them. Talk to your periodontist today to learn more about this option and find out whether it’s the right choice for you.

About the Author

Dr. David Handsman is a graduate of Temple University, which is where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine. He is a highly respected periodontist who has been named a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He provides oral conscious sedation as a way to help anxious patients relax during their treatments. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Handsman at Handsman & Haddad Periodontics in Worcester, visit his website or call (508) 753-5444.

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