The use of sedation in dentistry has revolutionized the way patients view dental visits. Patients who once were afraid or anxious about even the most routine dental procedures now visit the dentist with confidence. Sedation is typically administered to healthy individuals who need help relaxing or managing treatment anxiety. Reasons for needing sedation may include lengthy procedure times, dental phobias, or fear caused by negative experiences in the past.
At Minnehaha Dental, we offer oral sedation: a pharmacological agent administered prior to treatment to alleviate anxiety and help patients relax.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I choose to have oral sedation?
Only you and your dentist can determine if sedation is right for you. Because sedation covers a spectrum of treatments, you will need to consult with your dentist to discuss whether oral sedation best meets your needs. Your eligibility for sedation will depend on your age, health, and any other medications you may be taking.
What should I expect if I am sedated for my dental procedure?
That depends on the type of sedation you undergo. Oral sedation is relatively simple and involves taking a prescribed medication about an hour prior to your procedure. You’ll feel more relaxed, yet completely aware of your surroundings during treatment.
Is oral sedation safe?
Oral sedatives are all regulated by the FDA, so it’s extremely unlikely for you to experience any dangerous side effects. However, a licensed driver may need to drive you home from your dental appointment.