DENTAL ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION IN CELINA / PROSPER / GUNTER, TX
Taking the Anxiety Out of Necessary Dental Treatment
How Does Oral Sedation Work?
Meet Your Doctor
"We call oral sedation the forget-a-day pill because it helps our most anxious patients have an experience that calms them down to receive treatment they never considered possible before." - Dr. Rouse
If you are like many patients, you may be avoiding necessary dental work and cleanings year after year out of fear.
With the help of oral conscious sedation, that no longer needs to be the hurdle to getting the dental treatment you need.
Are you one of countless people who breaks out into a cold sweat when you think about going to the dentist?
It doesn’t matter if it’s a basic cleaning or a major tooth extraction, you’re a nervous wreck the whole time.
You don’t have to stay away from the dentist or live in fear of a procedure. Oral (or non-IV) sedation may be exactly what you need to help you get through your next visit.
How Does Sedation Help?
When you come to the office and we know you’re interested in oral sedation, we’ll take your medical history and check your blood pressure to make sure you’re a good candidate. If you can take advantage of oral sedation for your procedure, you’ll be prescribed two doses of medication. You’ll take one before bed the night before you come in to help you sleep. You’ll take the second dose about an hour before your procedure to help you feel relaxed during it.
Using oral sedation means that you can’t drive a car at all or travel anywhere (even on a bus or train) by yourself. You’ll need someone with you at your appointment who can help get you home. They’ll also need to be able to take the information we provide for your follow-up appointment, any care you need, and what to do in the hours and days that follow. Whoever brings you should be someone you trust with this information.
Pre-Operative Instructions for Sedation
Food/Drink: Do not eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to your scheduled
If you are having surgery, we recommend soft foods for post-surgery (mashed
potatoes, pudding, jello, oatmeal, etc.).
Alcohol: Do not consume any alcoholic beverages the evening before sedation.
Driver: All sedation patients must be accompanied to and from the office by a responsible adult.
Please plan to have them stay in the office during your visit. If they cannot stay during your
appointment, please let us know so that we can make arrangements accordingly.
have a responsible adult in the office at all times, no exceptions.
We recommend a responsible
adult stay with you for at least 12 hours following the appointment.
Clothing: Wear clothes that are comfortable with short sleeves for easy placement of the blood
pressure cuff and monitors. Wear comfortable shoes.
Accessories: Remove dark nail polish prior to dental treatment for easy monitoring. Please do
not wear heavy makeup, lipstick, jewelry, or contact lenses.
Medications: Bring any specially prescribed medications (including inhalers or angina
medications) with you to your appointment.
Take any pre-medication one hour prior to
appointment if indicated.
Nausea: IV sedation may cause nausea. A medication for nausea may need to be administered
after surgery at an additional cost.
Working: Sedation medication can stay in your system for several hours. You can expect to be
tired for the rest of the day after sedation. However, by the next day you should be able to
resume normal activities or work.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact our office!
Oral Sedation F.A.Q.
Some people have a genuine phobia about going to the dentist or some of the procedures done and tools used. Plenty of people get bad shivers thinking about the drill or the needles we use. Here are signs you may want to consider oral sedation for your next dental procedure:
- You have extreme anxiety in general, but especially at the dentist.
- You’re having invasive dental surgery.
- The procedure is a big one that you want to get done at once, instead of in smaller, more frequent procedures over time.
- You’re terrified of going to the dentist, the procedure being done, or the tools used.
This is a common medication, and you may know it as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, among several others. The medications work by turning down the part of your brain that regulates fear and makes you feel anxious in the first place.
There are two main types of benzos that are used:
- Sedative-hypnotics that cause major drowsiness and may put you in a hypnotic state while you’re on the medication. You may lose memories of the procedure or time while the medication is in your system.
- Anti-anxiety medications that relieve your anxiety without leaving you drowsy or nearly asleep.
In reality, any benzo can be used for either state, it all depends on the dosage you receive and how your body reacts to the medication. All benzos are relatively safe, which is why they’re a highly prescribed medication. What’s important is to take it only as is prescribed. Do not mix it with alcohol or take more than the stated dose.
We are a family dentist located in Celina, Texas (TX), serving patients of all ages from Prosper, Gunter, Aubrey Frisco, Anna, and the surrounding areas. Book online or call us at (972) 885-9670. We look forward to hearing from you!