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Jackson, MI 49202
Oral sedation dentistry allows appropriately trained dentists to create a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients who avoid the dentist out of fear or who might have time restrictions.
The sedation dentist can work more effectively by helping a patient become as comfortable as possible using well established and proven protocols with a variety of sedation medications administered orally and sublingually (under the tongue). These protocols can be customized for the patient’s individual emotional and physical needs.
Sometimes referred to as ‘relaxation’, ‘sleep’, or ‘anxiety free’ dentistry, this comfortable care is now offered by thousands of trained dentists all over the US and Canada.
Oral Conscious Medications Sedative medications help relax patients by slowing the action of the central nervous system. People remain aware of their surroundings, but are less responsive to external stimuli. This also reduces their sense of pain. The most common medications used include Diazepam and Triazolam.
The Experience Most people feel calmer and more relaxed after taking the sedative medication. It is important to understand that these drugs are used to produce sedation along a continuum, ranging from mild to moderate at one end and unconscious at the other end. In most dental settings, mild or moderate sedation typically applies. With this type of sedation, the patient remains alert and responsive and is able to answer questions.
Is Conscious Sedation Right for Me? The number of people who are afraid of the dentist ranges as high as 20 percent. For those individuals and many others, oral conscious sedation can make going to the dentist easier to tolerate. When patients are comfortable – but still awake – the dentist and dental team are able to proceed more efficiently. Sedation dentists can often perform a number of procedures in a single appointment, without sacrificing either patient safety or clinical quality. Many people with hectic schedules find it very beneficial to receive necessary treatments in as little as one dental visit instead of multiple trips to the dentist.
Because of its wonderful benefits, if the thought of coming to see us give you anxiety, or if you just have a hectic schedule – oral conscious sedation may be right for you!
What is the First Step? This is often the most difficult part, therefore we try to make it as easy as possible. You can either give our office a call, or you may email us. The Sedation Team will answer any questions you have and ask some simple questions to help ensure you get the care you want and deserve.