Oral Conscious Sedation in Hoover, AL

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

If you would prefer to be sedated for your dental appointment, one of the sedatives we offer is oral conscious sedation. This comes in the form of medication (usually a benzodiazepine) that is used to treat anxiety and is taken orally about an hour before your appointment, as it takes about an hour to kick in.

You will need to have someone give you a ride to and from your appointment because once you take the medication, you will not be able to drive. The effects of the sedative include relaxation, drowsiness, loss of memory of the appointment, sluggishness, and a decrease in stress and anxiety.

Did you know…

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Oral conscious sedation is a moderate sedative that is deeper than nitrous oxide but not as intense as IV sedation.

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Our Oral Conscious Sedation Process: What To Expect


Dr. Hebert will review your medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for this sedative.

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Sedative Administration

You will be given a benzodiazepine pill that is taken an hour before the start of your appointment. It should take effect by the time you arrive at our office. 

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Once you are sedated, we will commence with the dental treatment. You will still feel the effects of the sedative for several hours and may need to be monitored before we can release you.

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After the treatment, someone needs to drive you home and monitor you for the rest of the day because this sedative causes side effects that last up to 24 hours. We will give you a list of activities you should abstain from.

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Did you know…

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Around 40 million of Americans have lost all their teeth. 

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How Can Sedation Relieve Dental Anxiety?

Dental sedation relieves dental anxiety in many different ways. It regulates the way your nerves communicate in the central nervous system, effectively slowing down your brain by regulating the neurotransmitter GABA. 

Put simply, sedation slows down your reaction time, making you feel sleepy and relaxed. However, with oral conscious sedation, you remain awake and retain awareness of your surroundings. 

It may not seem like it because afterward, you will likely not remember anything. This is due to the amnesiac effect of sedation, which helps to reduce anxiety in anticipation of future appointments. It also eliminates pain sensation and suppresses things like the gag reflex, ultimately resulting in a much more comfortable experience. 

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How Long Does Oral Conscious Sedation Last?

It will leave you feeling groggy and lethargic for up to 8 hours and stays in your system for 24 hours. This is why you cannot operate heavy machinery, drink alcohol, sign legal documents, or operate dangerous appliances for the next 24 hours. You should go home and rest and have a chaperone there to assist you in walking upstairs and to make sure you are okay.

Am I A Good Candidate For Oral Conscious Sedation?

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This is entirely dependent on your age, medical history, what medications you take, whether or not you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and if you are in good overall health. We will need you to come in for a consultation to review these details before approving you for any dental sedation. 

While most people who are healthy are good candidates for sedation, it is not recommended for pregnant women, people with certain medical conditions, and those on medications that can interact with the sedative.

Did you know…

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The dentist is more easily able to work on your mouth when patients are comfortable and relaxed.

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