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Oral Conscious Sedation
Colorado Springs, CO


Woman at dental appointment using oral conscious sedation to relieve dental anxietyFear and anxiety keep millions of people away from the dentist every year, which is especially troublesome for those with serious dental problems in need of treatment. For many, local anesthesia simply isn't enough. Even when it numbs the physical pain, the high-running emotions, fear, and other psychological factors are another matter. For this reason, among others, it has grown more common in the dental industry to use oral conscious sedation as a means to put patients at ease during procedures.

When you visit us at Todd Rogers Dental, rest assured that you would be offered several sedation options for treatments that may require anesthesia. For any/all questions you may have about available choices or to schedule an appointment, please call (719) 357-4425 today.

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?


Conscious sedation dentistry, also called procedural sedation or analgesia, is a procedure in which sedatives are administered to a patient to help him/her relax before treatment begins. Unlike anesthesia that temporarily puts you to sleep (Ex- Wisdom teeth extraction), you remain awake, aware, and responsive during this procedure and will feel no pain. The sedative only helps alleviate fear and anxiety to make you more comfortable throughout the process.

How Is Oral Conscious Sedation Given?


Oral sedation is typically provided through a pill, which is taken about an hour before treatment begins.

When Is Oral Conscious Sedation Used?


This procedure is most often used for child patients, as there are understandably children who become anxious when they so much as see the dentist. If a child is unlikely to be capable of relaxing or sitting still long enough for treatment to be safely completed, Dr. Rogers may suggest conscious sedation as a way to help them calm down. As with adults, however, the child will still be capable of responding to voices or physical stimulation and will maintain control over his/her protective reflexes.

Children most commonly require conscious sedation in cases involving extensive oral treatment or kids with special needs. Dr. Rogers can recommend which form of conscious sedation may be appropriate for your child. It’s important to note that, depending on the strength of the prescription, the effect of oral sedatives can range from being light to moderate.

How Long Does Oral Conscious Sedation Take to Wear Off?


Recovery usually takes about 20-30 minutes before you are discharged in the care of an escort (You will be unable to drive yourself home, be sure to have a ride ready). The sedative’s effects will gradually wear off throughout the rest of the day. In most cases, depending on the nature of the patient’s job, he/she will be well enough to resume everyday activities & responsibilities within 24 hours.

Side-effects of Oral Conscious Sedation


While all feelings resulting from conscious sedation are natural, different patients can react in different ways, not all of which are always positive. Side-effects include but are not limited to the following:

•  Drowsiness.
•  Longer recovery time compared to other conscious sedation methods (Ex- Inhaling a gas or receiving intravenous administration).
•  Headache.
•  Feeling heavy, lethargic, or sluggish.
•  Low blood pressure.
•  Slowed reflexes.
•  Memory loss, such as forgetting what happened during the treatment.
•  Uncommonly, nausea and vomiting.

If you have questions about sedation options available, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to give our office a call at (719) 357-4425.


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