I believe one of the best services we offer here for our patients at West Mountain Dental is oral conscious sedation. There are many people who avoid going to the dentist and getting much needed treatment because of fear and anxiety. Nationwide, it is estimated that up to 30% of the population avoids going to the dentist because of fear. Sedation dentistry is ideal for these people and can help them get the dentistry they need. The goal of oral conscious sedation is to make the patient feel very relaxed and calm, but still be awake and responsive to requests from the dentist or others. It is not like general anesthesia where the patient is unconscious. That being said, many of our patients are so relaxed they sleep through the entire procedure. The medicine we use to induce the sedation has an additional effect of causing temporary amnesia, meaning the patient usually does not remember most of what went on during the appointment.
The sedation appointment starts with a comprehensive exam in which a full medical and medication history is recorded. The dentist will then check for any drug interactions or medical conditions that need to be addressed. If everything checks out the patient is given an appointment, usually in the morning and fasting for 12 hours before the apt is required. The night before the procedure the patient takes one pill then a second pill 1 hour before the appointment. This is so the apprehensive patient has a good night’s rest and arrives to the office as anxiety free as possible. A third pill is given when the patient arrives at the office. The patient is allowed to rest quietly for about 40 minutes while the third pill takes effect. It is very important for the patient to be allowed to relax as much as possible. The medicine we give is powerful, but if a patient is not allowed to relax, or if the patient is fighting the medicine, the sedative effect will be greatly diminished. After 40 minutes the patient is started on Nitrous Oxide and the procedure is completed.
If you would like to know more about oral conscious sedation, give us a call 719-568-9251. We would love to talk to you about it!