Oral Sedation Dentistry

We offer minimal (mild) oral sedation for those of our patients that have an increased degree of anxiety when coming to the dentist.  The anxiety that they have can be for various reasons.  Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear of anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of  time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics

What is minimal (mild) oral sedation?

Minimal (mild) oral sedation---Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations.  Mild sedation is usually administered orally.  You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a greater sense of relaxation.  Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete.  You will need to have someone bring you to the office and take you home.  You will not be able to drive or participate in any activity that requires cognitive reasoning for the rest of the day.

How are sedatives administered?

Oral---An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation.  It is easy and does not require the use of needles.  You will be given a prescription pill which, taken about an hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office.