Millions of Americans suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. With sedation dentistry at Oakbrook Dental, you don’t have to let fear stop you from getting the dental care you need. Come in today for a free consultation!
Oral Conscious Sedation
While sedation is most often used to treat patients with anxiety, sedation dentistry can also be helpful in other instances. If you have a strong gag reflex, sedation can minimize this and make your treatment more comfortable. Sedation can also help if you are undergoing a lengthy treatment and would like to remain still and relaxed for the duration.
If you have dental anxiety, sedation dentistry allows you to get the care you need without feelings of fear or discomfort.
Sedation can be very helpful if you have a low pain tolerance or if the feeling and vibration of dental drills is uncomfortable for you.
Sedation keeps you calm and relaxed throughout your procedure, which is ideal for longer appointments.
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At Oakbrook Dental, we offer a range of sedation levels to accommodate the needs of every patient. Our sedation services include laughing gas, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. If you’re not sure which option is right for you, call our team to learn more and discuss your needs.
Laughing gas is also called “minimal inhaled sedation” and consists of a mixture of laughing gas and oxygen, which is pumped into your lungs through a comfortable nose mask. This sedative will make you feel relaxed and comfortable, and also helps reduce sensations of pain and discomfort. This method of sedation wears off after only about 5 minutes, and has minimal side effects. You can drive yourself home after your appointment or even go back to work after being sedated with laughing gas.
Oral conscious sedation uses a pill or liquid-based sedative, which is taken 1-2 hours before your appointment. It provides a much deeper level of sedation compared to laughing gas. You will feel very tired and groggy, and it’s very common for sedated patients to fall asleep and forget most of their procedure. The after-effects of oral conscious sedation usually last 4-6 hours at a minimum, so you cannot drive home or return to work after your procedure, and you will need to plan accordingly.
IV sedation uses the same anti-anxiety drugs used in oral conscious sedation. However, instead of being administered orally, they are administered intravenously (into your vein). This means that the effects of IV sedation are usually more pronounced, and you’re more likely to fall asleep or forget most or all of your procedure. This method of sedation is ideal if you have severe dental anxiety or if you will be undergoing oral surgery. Like oral conscious sedation, you cannot drive or go back to work after IV sedation, so you will need to make appropriate arrangements.
Sedation dentistry involves the use of anti-anxiety medication to minimize fear and pain during your dental appointment. Many patients are very nervous about dental procedures like fillings, crowns, and implants. Some patients with severe anxiety may not even be able to get their teeth cleaned due to fear of the dentist. Sedation dentistry helps patients overcome their fear, and get the help they need.
As long as you are healthy and do not have a history of drug abuse or any medical issues that could interfere with sedation, sedation dentistry at Oakbrook Dental is right for you. Dr. Major or Dr. Patel will discuss your health and medical history with you before your appointment to ensure that you can be sedated safely.