Oral Conscious Sedation/Anxiolysis
If the idea of going to the dentist for a procedure brings on feelings of fear or anxiety there are options to ease the anxiety. We will prescribe a medication ahead of the time, then about an hour before your appointment, you will be instructed to take your medication. Sometimes, you may be instructed to take the medication the night before if your anxiety about impending work makes it difficult to go to sleep. By the time you arrive at your appointment, you will already feel relaxed and at ease. Oral conscious sedation does not "knock you out" in any way like general anesthesia. You will remain awake during your procedure, but you will be in a heightened state of relaxation or feel sleepy. It is also possible that you will not remember part, or all, of your procedure. You will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure. It also makes long or complex procedures seem shorter. A local anesthetic will be also be given to the area that is being worked on to ensure that there is no pain. For your safety, you will need to have someone drive you to and from the office if you use oral conscious sedation.