O’Fallon Dentist Explains the Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation

Written by Dr. Brace on Aug 30, 2011

Fear of the dentist is one of the number one reasons that patients loss control of their dental health and end up with smiles that are both unhealthy and unattractive. As a dentist, I know that this fear is unnecessary and counterproductive, but it’s a reality for many people. Our O’Fallon sedation dentists empathize with this common problem, and we offer an innovative solution to help anxiety-prone patients get into the dentist’s chair—oral conscious sedation.

Oral conscious sedation isn’t nearly as complicated as it sounds. You simply take a small pill before treatment. Then during your procedure you are conscious—able to respond to questions and interact with our dental team—but you remain relaxed and pain-free. Although you’re never asleep, you probably won’t remember any of your procedure when you get home. Patients who underwent oral conscious sedation report that when they look back on their dental treatment they remember taking a sedative, arriving at the office, and then…nothing until they are relaxing at home post-care.

Oral conscious sedation is often referred to as “sleep dentistry.” However, this is largely a misnomer, because although it may feel like you slept through your appointment you are never actually asleep. In fact, many patients are excited about oral conscious sedation precisely because they never have to be unconscious and under general anesthesia.

Effective and regular dental care is vital to maintaining a healthy, functional smile for life. Fear and anxiety can become your greatest enemies and keep you from getting the care you need. Some patients feel trepidation about the idea of sedation dentistry—don’t hesitate to give our O’Fallon sedation dentists a call to get more information or talk about your specific situation in greater detail. We’re here for you—(636) 614-1217.