It is normal to feel apprehensive about oral conscious sedation especially if you don’t know anything about it. People hate being out of control, most especially in matters of oral and physical care. Dr. John Batlle, who provides this service in Lake City, FL, talks about oral conscious sedation and answers one of the most common questions often asked by patients: “What does conscious sedation feel like?” Our goal is to provide you with general information and clarity on the subject, so you can make a well-informed decision about taking oral sedation.
What is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is a form of sedation dentistry wherein you are given medication, to be taken an hour before your scheduled procedure. The goal of oral sedation is for you to feel comfortable and truly relaxed before and during your dental treatment. The sedative will make you feel drowsy and absolutely pain-free; thus, allowing the doctor to perform multiple dental treatments in just one office visit.
How Does It Feel to Be Under Conscious Sedation?
You will feel drowsy yet remain fully conscious during your treatment. While there are patients who fall asleep, they can be easily awakened with a gentle shake. Oral sedation erases any feeling of pain and anxiety while it allows you to be responsive to the doctor’s instructions. Therefore, you can communicate with the doctor while feeling truly relaxed during your dental treatment.
Another thing that you should expect is to have very little recollection about what transpired during the procedure. Most patients say that being orally sedated felt as if they were in a conscious dream. You remain conscious during your dental treatment, yet you won’t remember much about it. Rest assured, however, that your vital signs are monitored throughout the treatment, to ensure your safety. The doctor and his team will be with you the whole time.
Will I Be Able to Drive Myself Home Afterwards?
We would advise you to have someone drive you home and stay with you until the sedative wears off. You don’t have anything to worry about, as recovery after oral sedation is much faster than with general anesthesia. Very few patients experience side effects and those who do only feel slight headaches and muscle pains. In fact, a survey performed on patients who’ve taken oral sedation revealed that 99.5% of them would to take it again when given the chance.
When Is Oral Conscious Sedation An Option?
Oral conscious sedation is an option for patients who feel extremely anxious or nervous about a dental visit. This so called “dental fear” prevents them from taking the dental treatments that they need.
Oral conscious sedation would also benefit patients who have mental and physical limitations that prevent them from sitting in the dentist’s chair for long hours. Patients who have the inability to control body movement, and people with ADHD among others would greatly benefit from oral conscious sedation.
Visit Southwest Family Dentistry for Safe Oral Sedation in Lake City, FL
There are quite a number of patients who don’t see their dentists because of dental fear. If this sounds like you, visit us and we will help you overcome dental fear through oral sedation. Dr. Batlle is a competent, experienced dentist when it comes to safe oral sedation. Let’s talk about it today. Contact us online or give us a call at (386) 752-1220