There are several options available in sedation dentistry that help with both reducing pain or discomfort and calming patients’ nerves. At Serene Dental, one type of sedation that we offer is oral sedation at our dentistry near you in Portland, OR. It is a good option for patients who do not wish to inhale a sedative (laughing gas) or receive sedation intravenously (IV sedation).
Oral sedation is also known as pill sedation because it is administered in the form of a pill, which should be taken in the hours prior to the dentist’s appointment. There are several medications that can be used for this type of sedation, but they each work by decreasing fear and anxiety, causing patients to feel much more relaxed and calmer. Unlike IV sedation or general anesthesia, which can put a patient to sleep, oral sedation is a form of conscious sedation, so patients will remain awake and responsive throughout their treatment.
Using oral sedation in Portland, OR, offers several advantages. First, it is the least invasive – it does not require a mask or needle to use. Patients can easily use it on their own. Your dentist at Serene Dental will prescribe the medication for you prior to your appointment and will give you instructions on how to take it before you arrive. Additionally, oral sedatives are safe; they are regulated by the FDA, so there is a very small chance of experiencing adverse effects. Finally, conscious sedation may be preferred by many patients who wish to remain awake and responsive during their treatment.
In addition to a feeling of calm and relaxation, patients may also feel drowsy as a result of taking oral sedation. Depending on the dosage, oral sedation can also result in some amnesia, so patients will remember little to nothing about what happened during their appointment. This can be helpful for patients who experience dental fear or anxiety.
A drawback to using oral sedation is that it does not take effect immediately, like other forms of sedation do, and you may need someone to drive you home after your appointment. For many patients, however, this is not a problem. If you feel that you can benefit from the use of oral sedation, talk to your dentist at Serene Dental.