Conscious Oral Sedation
There's no doubt that about it, some people are just afraid of and uncomfortable going to the dentist. When fear prevents you from seeking out necessary dental care it can lead to some pretty serious risks which is why conscious oral sedation is such an important part of the services offered to you by Dr Duffin in his dental practice. Minimal and moderate oral sedation is the most commonly practiced form of sedation dentistry.
When conscious oral sedation is administered you are awake but relaxed. This will allow you to overcome feelings of anxiety while undergoing dental treatment. With this type of sedation you may slur your words while speaking or not remember much of the procedure however levels of sedation impact vary from person to person. The goal is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed so that the dental treatments you require can be completed safely and with ease.
Oral sedation is administered in pill form generally about one hour before the appointment. This allows enough time to pass for the pill to become effective in helping patients to relax. For some patients, the pill does make them feel drowsy or groggy so that they may fall asleep during their procedure, however, they are able to be woken with a gentle nudge when the procedure is complete.