What is Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is dentistry that is performed while a patient is comfortably sedated. Dr. Sligh uses a safe and effective technique. This helps patients be completely relaxed and comfortable using just a few small pills.
Is it Safe?
Sedation is very safe, and we monitor your vital signs during the whole appointment. Dr. Sligh is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), and he has been trained extensively in safe and effective techniques for oral conscious sedation. Our whole team has been trained to care for sedated patients to ensure both safety and comfort.
Who is sedation for?
Sedation is helpful for anyone who wants a comfortable and relaxing dental experience. It is especially useful if you:
- have been delaying or avoiding dental treatment because of fear
- are troubled by past dental experiences that were painful or frightening
- have always had trouble getting comfortable at the dentist
- have trouble with the sights, sounds or smells of a dental office
- find it difficult to sit still during a dental appointment
- have trouble getting numb enough to be comfortable
- know you need several dental appointments and don’t have the time
- have always been embarrassed about the condition of your teeth.
- gag whenever the dentist puts dental instruments in your mouth
- have teeth that are extremely sensitive
- hate getting shots or have a fear of needles
What if I feel embarrassed?
There’s no reason for you to be embarrassed anymore. Patients just like you come to us all the time because we understand how you feel.
Many of our patients haven’t been to the dentist in years. No one in our office will ever make you feel bad about the condition of your teeth or about any dental fears that you have. We don’t criticize or give lectures. We just restore smiles.
What will sedation feel like?
Patients tell us that their visits are very relaxing, and that the whole thing feels like a dream. Dr. Sligh will make sure you are sedated just
enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were snoozing. When the appointment is over you’ll feel fine, and will probably have little or no memory of the procedure.
What is an oral conscious sedation appointment like?
Dr Sligh will give you a small pill to take an hour before your visit. To ensure total safety, all patients must have a responsible adult companion to drive them to and from the appointment. You may already start feeling sleepy by the time your companion brings you to the office. Once you arrive, we will start monitoring your vital signs, and Dr. Sligh will assess whether you need any more medication. After you are relaxing comfortably in the dental chair, we’ll cover you with a warm blanket. Once you are totally relaxed, we’ll begin the dentistry. Then, before you know it, the appointment will be over!
What happens after the sedation visit?
You’ll probably still feel a little sleepy. We’ll keep monitoring you in the office until you’re ready for your companion to take you home.
After you companion drives you home, they will stay with you for the rest of the day. It’s best to just take it easy. We do encourage
you to eat and drink, because this will help you feel better. The next day will just be a normal day.