Our dentists at South Granville Dentistry understand that for some people visiting the dentist be very stressful. If you suffer from dental anxiety, oral conscious sedation may be able to help you get the treatment you need comfortably, with minimal stress.
At South Granville Dentistry in Vancouver our dentists strive to make every patient feel relaxed and comfortable, regardless of why they are visiting our clinic. For our patients suffering from dental anxiety, or heightened oral sensitivity, oral conscious sedation can be helpful in making their time with us more relaxed, so that they can receive the treatment they need then leave our office feeling that they have had a positive experience.
Oral Conscious Sedation
For patients who find dental appointments stressful, or particularly uncomfortable, our dentists can prescribe oral conscious sedation in either pill or liquid form, to help them relax. These medications can be used the night before the dental appointment to help patients sleep, and/or an hour before the appointment to help the patient feel calm and relaxed from the moment they arrive at our office.
Oral conscious sedation provides patients with a feeling of calm relaxation which lasts long enough to help them get through most dental procedures with minimal stress, and leave our office feeling good about their dental appointment.
What does oral conscious sedation feel like?
Soon after taking the sedation medication you will begin to feel much calmer and more relaxed. This relaxed feeling will last throughout your dental appointment. On these mild sedation medications you will calmly remain awake throughout your treatment. In fact, these medications can be so effective at calming people that some patients actually nap through their dental treatment!
Oral conscious sedation is considered safe for most healthy patients, but our dentists recognize that every patient's needs are different. At South Granville Dentistry our dentists decide how oral conscious sedation will be used on a case-by-case basis. Speak to your dentist if you think dental sedation could help you to cope with your dental anxiety or heightened oral sensitivity.
To avoid any drug interactions, and to determine whether dental sedation is appropriate for you, your dentist will require a full medical history prior to your treatment.
When booked to undergo treatment with oral conscious sedation, be sure to arrange for someone to take you home following your appointment. You will not be able to drive after your sedation appointment.