Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help you relax for a better dental care experience. Sedation dentistry can even help patients with severe dental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry offers many benefits to meet your individual needs. Sedation allows your body to relax more completely. This increases the effectiveness of local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry reduces the sensation of passing time. This can be very useful if you need complex or multiple treatments in a single sitting. It also prevents your muscles from stiffening or becoming sore due to spending extended periods of time in one position.
In every case, your sedation is closely monitored by experienced dental professionals who ensure your safety and comfort.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral Conscious Sedation, or OCS, provides a stronger level of sedation using oral medication prescribed to you prior to your visit. Many patients prefer to use OCS for the deeper relaxation it provides. Though you are still able to stand, walk, or answer questions, you remain in a calm and drowsy state throughout the treatment. With OCS, many patients have found they have little memory of the procedure after the fact. For patients with dental anxiety, this can be a great benefit.
You will need someone to provide your transportation on the day of your procedure. While there are no lingering aftereffects, the sedative effects of OCS can take up to 24 hours to fully diminish.
For more information about using sedation dentistry with your next treatment, contact the dental office of Dr. DelBoccio.