My Forever Smiles offers dental patients oral sedation during their cosmetic dentistry appointments. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. Oral sedation, also known as pill sedation, is one of the three sedation methods My Forever Smiles – Dr. Karl Rayan use to help calm patients down during dental procedures. Unlike nitrous oxide sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation, patients take the sedative in the form of a pill in the hours leading up to the appointment. The oral sedative is a type of Benzodiazepine (i.e. Valium, Halcion, Xanax), which decreases activity in the parts of the brain that control fear and anxiety. The result is a very relaxed and calm mood that will allow your dentist to effectively do what they’re supposed to.
Fear of the dentist is very common and can be hard to deal with. Sedation dentistry helps fearful patients relax during cleanings and dental procedures so that they don’t compromise their oral health.
A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake. Contact our office to learn more about which method is best to fit your needs and level of desired comfort during your visit.