Oral conscious sedation offers an excellent solution for patients who suffer from moderate dental anxiety. Oral conscious sedation to the child involves taking medication before their appointment. The drug is taken before treatment and has a calming and relaxing effect on the patient receiving the scheduled treatment. The effects of oral conscious sedation can take a while to wear off.
The goal of Oral Sedation is not to make you unconscious. It is meant to just calm and relaxes you while the dentist carries out the treatment. The drug used for oral sedation is called benzodiazepines. These drugs help reduce the anxiety and panic disorders in the patients, and thus, it is beneficial for patients who have an extreme fear of the dental chair. After taking the oral sedative drug, the patient will be still conscious and will be able to respond to the queries of the dentist. For a short while after the treatment, the patient will feel drowsy, but the effect generally wears off soon.
When is Oral Conscious Sedation recommended?
Oral Conscious Sedation is generally recommended when a patient suffers from the following symptoms:
- A person has generalized dental anxiety.
- They have a solid dental phobia which makes them put off dental treatments and, as a consequence, avoids visiting a dentist.
- You may have had a frightful dental experience in the past, due to which you have a fear of dental procedures.
- A gag reflex that is strong and overactive.
- If a person is suffering from back pain or neck problems, sitting in a dentist's chair becomes a huge burden.
- Fear of injections.
- If you are suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, or any other related condition.
- The humming sounds of the drilling tools or the smells at the dentist can be revolting for you.
- If you have sensitive gums and teeth.
Who can be given Oral Sedation?
Children who are anxious and terrified of dental procedures can be given oral sedation. Besides, it also helps reduce your child's distress; sedation can help establish a positive connotation with dental care. Children who are administered oral sedation should be observed for the rest of the day after their appointment. They should avoid taking part in any physical activities such as sports. It is not advisable for women who are nursing or pregnant to receive oral sedation. Patients with heart, lung, or liver diseases should consult with their general physician before undergoing oral sedation.
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