The Role of Oral Conscious Sedation in Cosmetic Dentistry
Most people are uncomfortable with the idea of a visit to the dentist. For some adults, the mere thought of dental work is scary. Sedation dentistry addresses this problem and helps people feel relaxed for the duration of their dental work.
Sedation dentistry requires use of various medicines to relax patients for the duration of the procedure. The options for sedation level are minimal, moderate, and deep. There are several techniques used in sedation dentistry. Oral conscious sedation is one way to help patients relax during their dental work.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is an effective way to help patients become relaxed enough to undergo a dental procedure with ease.
Patients will need to take the medicine used for oral conscious sedation at least one hour before their procedure. The medicine brings about a drowsy effect, but the patient will remain conscious.
The dose determines whether the sedation is minimal or moderate. If you require moderate sedation, you will need to take a stronger dose of the medicine as recommended.
If you have chosen oral conscious sedation for your procedure, you will need to arrange for a ride to and from the office, as you will not be able to drive while it is affecting you.
Why Do Patients Choose Oral Conscious Sedation?
Cosmetic dentistry is necessary if you need dental crowns, veneers, or dental work to treat oral pain. It’s necessary to remove bad teeth and restore your smile. If you have misshapen or crooked teeth, you may need to go for a tooth-contouring or reshaping procedure. Bleaching is necessary to remove discoloration from teeth.
Avoiding cosmetic dentistry is never a wise idea. With oral sedation, you can opt for any dental procedure with ease. When you know that there is way for you to not feel pain during your dental work, you are more likely to seek treatment on time. Oral conscious sedation is useful for many people.
It’s an excellent option for adults who are not comfortable with the thought of undergoing dental work. These people may be interested in cosmetic dentistry to improve the look of their teeth but may avoid it and put it off because of their fear.
Oral conscious sedation can help people with anxiety related to dental work feel relaxed enough to complete the procedure. Oral conscious sedation doesn’t pose the risks that come with general anesthesia.
It can also be ideal for those who can’t tolerate the pain during dental work. Some people have low toleration for even mild pain. These people may be avoiding necessary dental work, thus worsening the condition of their teeth.
People with a severe gag reflex may not be able to go through dental work without sedation. There are also people who have a sore jaw that causes them pain to the point where they are unable to keep their mouth open without sedation.
Some people have very sensitive teeth, which can cause pain during dental work. Sedation can help them feel at ease and free of any discomfort. If the dental work is quite extensive, sedation may help patients to sit through the procedure without discomfort, restlessness, or fatigue.
Set Up a Consultation
If you feel that sedation may be a helpful part of your cosmetic-dentistry experience, contact our office for a consultation with skilled cosmetic dentist Dr. Dan Miller. Dr. Miller will be happy to recommend the right sedation option for you.