The Pros and Cons of Oral Sedation

An estimated 30 to 40 million people suffer from some form of dental phobia or anxiety, causing anxiety about routine visits and procedures, or even avoiding the dentist altogether. We know that dental surgeries can seem scary all on their own, without throwing worry over pain management into the mix.


Due to the non-invasive nature of many dental surgeries, oral sedation has skyrocketed to popularity among dentists and patients alike.


Oral sedation is administered along with a local anesthetic. The local anesthetic will numb the pain while the chosen method of oral sedation, typically inhaled nitrous oxide, keeps the patient calm and completely relaxed for the duration.


How You’ll Feel When Sedated Orally


You’ll be awake, but all anxiety regarding the procedure will melt away. Even if you’re one of those people that avoids the dentist for as long as possible, you’ll find that you feel relaxed. You’ll be able to answer all questions asked throughout, and communicate with the surgeon if anything feels wrong or “off”.


It’s typical for grogginess to set in, and many patients even drift off to sleep. If this happens, no worries, your dentist will easily be able to wake you.


Pros Of Oral Sedation


Sedation dentistry, in all of its forms, drastically reduces the fear that affects the way people take care of their teeth. Given in pill form several hours before your appointment, Triazolam is an anti-anxiety medication that is usually prescribed by your dentist. There is an amnesic effect to the medication, so you’ll likely forget the whole appointment!


Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is an incredibly mild sedative that is commonly used and administered through a small oxygen mask. The nitrous is cleared from your system before the mas is removed, so the effects will wear off soon after.


The last technique is to use a TV and noise cancelling headphones, which have been shown to reduce pain.


Cons Of Oral Sedation


Where there are pros, there are always some cons.


Before taking the oral sedation route, it’s important to let your dentist know if you’re on any medications. Medications don’t always mesh well together, and anti-anxiety meds can cause problems when taken with other medications.


Also, make your dentist aware of any health complications that you may have. A complete medical history can drastically lower the chances of experiencing any serious side effects from oral sedation.


Finally, check with your insurance provider to make sure that the cost of oral sedation is covered. If it’s not, you can begin to build a new plan to relieve anxiety regarding any upcoming dental procedures.


Contact us today to find out if oral sedation is right for you!