Oral Conscious Sedation:
Dental fear is a hidden phobia—the monster in the closet that no one wants to talk about. Many people are embarrassed to admit their fears and even more afraid to confront them. Often times not even loved ones are aware of their apprehension. Worse yet, these people may have never known that oral sedation dentistry was an option.
Doctors Mike and Tina Cox are now offering sedation dentistry at Chattahoochee Valley Dental. They received their training from DOCS Education and are one of the only local dentists to offer this valuable and highly effective treatment.
While these methods and medications cannot make fear magically disappear, they can give patients the confidence and peace-of-mind to experience dental procedures in a whole new way. Hours pass like mere minutes and more dentistry can be performed in a single visit because the dentist is able to work more efficiently. It is a win-win for both the patient and the dentist.
How it works: The patient will come in for a pre-sedation appointment and comprehensive examination where a thorough medical history will be obtained along with bp and heart rate. A treatment plan will be formulated and gone over with the patient, then the sedation appointment will be made and financial arrangements made at this time. Arrangements will need to be made by the patient to have someone drive them to and from the sedation appointment. Sedation is achieved with the use of various oral sedatives (i.e. triazolam, midazolam, lorazepam and hydroxyzine) and nitrous oxide or what is commonly called laughing gas. It is NOT general anesthesia and allows the patient to be conscious and responsive. The patient will be very sleepy and relaxed and will be able to verbalize his/hers needs and wants. The patient will be monitored during your entire appointment with blood pressure and pulse oximetry, and someone will be with the patient at all times. The sedatives used are amnesiacs – the patient will have little or no memory of the experience. The sedatives used relax the patient’s nervous system so they will feel little discomfort and will probably not need any pain medication post-operatively. If you think oral conscious sedation is right for you, please make an appointment with our office today!