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Oral Sedation Dentistry

Relax through your appointment with Oral Sedation

Among the most common phobias, visiting the dentist causes many people severe anxiety and stress. Often, fearful patients forego necessary dental care to avoid a visit to their dentist. If you find yourself feeling panicky at the thought of having your teeth worked on, you should know that a safe, comfortable relaxation method exists. Oral sedation can help alleviate anxiety so you can face dental appointments with confidence.

What exactly does oral sedation entail?
If you fear dental appointments, call our office to determine if oral sedation is available for you based on your medical history and current medications. If you’re a good candidate for oral sedation, Dr. Danahay will select an appropriate anti-anxiety or sedative drug for you to take at a pre-determined time before your appointment. These safe, widely-prescribed drugs diminish anxiety and help patients relax.

Your anxiety level will help the dentist determine dosage, which in turn determines your consciousness level during the appointment. Some patients become so relaxed they drift off into a restful sleep during their dental procedures. Throughout your appointment, we will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. When you choose oral sedation, you must have a responsible adult who can drive you to and from your appointment and spend some time with you after the appointment until the sedative wears off completely.

Depending on the amount of sedative you receive, you will feel extremely relaxed, drowsy, or you may fall asleep completely. Typically, patients can respond to questions but do not experience extreme nervousness or discomfort, remembering little about the appointment afterwards.

As with any procedure we perform, your physical safety remains our top concern. To prepare for an appointment in which you will receive sedation, do not eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to your procedure, except for prescription medications, unless advised otherwise. While you are under sedation, we closely monitor blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. After your dental work, we let you rest comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes before you leave our office. If necessary, we prescribe pain management medication after your visit, particularly after an oral surgery. You must arrange to have a responsible adult drive you home from your appointment and remain with you until the drowsiness wears off. You should be able to resume normal activities the day after the appointment.

Who is a candidate for sedation?
In general, patients choose sedation if they:

* experience severe anxiety and fear when faced with dental instruments
* put off important dental treatment because of fear
* have a sensitive gag reflex
* have trouble feeling numb after receiving local anesthetic
* cannot rest comfortably in a dentist’s exam chair due to neck or back problems

We will consult with you to determine your anxiety level and decide whether oral sedation is safe for you, based on medical history and present health conditions. Each room at Dental Innovations is also equipt with Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, to meet your relaxation and sedation needs if you are not a candidate for oral sedation.

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  • Dental Innovations
  • 14211 Arbor St.
  • Omaha, NE 68144
  • (402) 614-6300
  • frontdesk@dentistryomaha.com