Oral Sedation

Sedation Dentistry

Oral & Conscious Sedation Dentist Sydney

If you’re someone who feels nervous or anxious about an upcoming dental surgery, oral sedation can put you at ease.

How Oral Sedation is used in dentistry

Our oral sedation dentists at the TLC Dentist clinic make it a priority to help look after the comfort of our patients, which is why in some more complex dental surgeries such as impacted wisdom tooth extraction, we might present local anaesthesia and oral sedation as a choice.

Through light oral sedation, you will remain conscious throughout the procedure but feel relaxed and more comfortable. On moderate sedation, it’s likely you’ll fall asleep.

Benefits of Oral Sedation

Reduces anxiety and discomfort

Like IV sedation, one of the primary benefits of oral sedation is that it can help reduce anxiety and discomfort associated with dental treatments. Patients who may otherwise avoid or delay necessary dental treatments due to fear or anxiety can receive the care they need without experiencing unnecessary stress.

Convenient and non-invasive

Oral sedation is a convenient and non-invasive form of sedation that involves taking medication in pill or liquid form. This can be more convenient and less intimidating for patients than other forms of sedation, such as IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Customisable dosage

The dosage of oral sedation can be customized to meet the patient’s needs, and the effects can last for several hours. This can help ensure that the patient remains comfortable throughout the entire dental procedure.

Who can benefit from Oral Sedation?

Patients with dental anxiety or phobia

Dental phobia or anxiety can make it difficult for patients to receive necessary dental treatments. Oral sedation can help these patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during procedures, making it easier for the dentist to complete the treatment.

Patients with a strong gag reflex

Some patients have a strong gag reflex, which can make dental procedures uncomfortable or difficult to complete. Oral sedation can help relax the patient and reduce the gag reflex, making the procedure easier for the dentist.

Patients with a low pain tolerance

For patients who have a low pain tolerance or are particularly sensitive to dental procedures, oral sedation can help reduce the discomfort associated with dental treatments.

Aftercare for Orally Sedated dental surgeries

After undergoing a procedure with oral sedation and local anaesthesia it’s important that you have a responsible and able-bodied adult to look after you and monitor you for the 24 hours following the surgery.

They should also be able to drive you home or ride with you in a taxi or public transport. You should not be driving yourself home.

If you want to learn more about what you can expect from conscious sedation for a complex or emergency dental surgery, please contact us.

Oral Sedation for Dental Work

Unlike IV or IM sedation which goes in through an injection into your muscles or bloodstream, oral sedation is administered through the mouth. At TLC Dentists, we most commonly provide oral sedation for dental work as a pill an hour before the surgery begins. However, we can also provide nitrous oxide gas (also known as laughing gas.)

What drugs are used for oral sedation?

The class of drugs used for oral sedation for dental work are benzodiazepines.

They are a class of depressants that affect the central nervous system to slow down the messages that run between the body and the brain. They are also the same drugs used to help relieve anxiety, panic attacks and muscle spasms. So they have a powerful calming and stress-reducing effect.

When is oral sedation used for kids?

At TLC Dentist, we understand that many kids are often nervous or anxious when coming to the dentist. That is why light sedation is a common option in these cases to help reduce discomfort and ensure all children dentistry work is performed safely:

  • Very young children who aren’t able to keep still throughout a procedure that the dentist needs to perform with high precision
  • Children who have a lot of anxiety and nervousness with dental treatment
  • Children with special needs, as it helps reduce spontaneous movement

In many cases for light dental work, laughing gas can be an alternative option to sedation through a pill.

Talk to your dentist about the benefits of oral sedation

It’s important to note that oral sedation may not be suitable for all patients, and each patient’s medical and dental history should be carefully considered before deciding on a sedation option. Patients may also need to arrange for transportation to and from their dental appointment, as the effects of oral sedation can last for several hours after the procedure.

Oral sedation side effects

After sedation you may experience drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, fogginess, memory loss of the dental procedure, slurred speech, dizziness, tiredness, pain at the injection site, and headache; but these effects should be over within a few hours.

Many people still find the benefits of oral sedation for their surgeries outweigh the side effects.

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