Oral Conscious Sedation

Sedation has long been an important part of professional dentistry. While nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is one of the most common methods, many patients require more potent effects than laughing gas can provide. In such cases, dentists often recommend oral conscious sedation, a medication that can be taken as a pill or liquid shortly before your procedure begins. Unlike nitrous oxide, oral sedation cannot be controlled during your procedure; however, the specific dosage will be carefully calculated to ensure that the effects last for the duration of your treatment.

Benefits of Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is taken before your procedure to give it time to work through your system. Once the sedative takes effect, the feeling of euphoria can help patients feel comfortable even if they typically experience high levels of anxiety. Because the effects of oral sedation are more potent than nitrous oxide, it may take a while for them to wear off after your procedure. Your dentist will advise you to bring a responsible adult to drive you home after your appointment. Nevertheless, oral sedation allows you to remain fully conscious and responsive for optimal safety.