Oral Conscious Sedation is a safe and simple way to significantly reduce or eliminate dental fear and anxiety. It is as easy as taking a pill!
Sedation Dentistry refers to the way a dentist can manage pain and anxiety during dental appointments. Sedation Dentistry helps eliminate the anxieties that people feel at the dental office and virtually eliminates the pain associated with dental procedures.
Conscious Sedation or Oral Conscious Sedation in dentistry is defined as a
minimally reduced level of consciousness that retains the patient's ability
to independently and continuously maintain an airway as well as awareness.
Unlike General Anesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond, patients under Conscious Sedation are able to respond to conversations and breathe on their own. Also unlike General Anesthesia or I.V. sedation, Oral Conscious sedation does not require needles to administer and does not have the higher fees associated with I.V. Sedation.
Oral Conscious Sedation protocols have been used safely for over 30 years but were recently enhanced to significantly improve the dental experience. There are no needles required to administer Oral Conscious Sedation and you will feel little or no discomfort once you are sedated.
Before starting any treatments, Dr. Salesky will review your medical history
and explain how Oral Conscious Sedation can work for you.On the day of your Oral Conscious Sedation Dentist appointment, you will
take the medication - a pill - and have a companion take you to your
dentist's office. Experienced clinical team members are with you during your
entire visit to make certain that you are completely relaxed and comfortable
and continue to monitor your comfort very closely throughout your treatment. Many patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during and after treatment.
Q: What are the Benefits?
A: It allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a simple cleaning to
extensive concerns. One of the additional benefits is that the medicine has
an amnesia quality, which for most patients, tends to prevent almost any
memory of the visit.
- Allows more treatment to be provided in a shorter time, which could decrease total number of visits.
- It enhances effectiveness of anesthetic.
- It decreases gagging.
- It decreases joint and muscle soreness.
A: On the day of your appointment, you'll take medication - a pill, then a
companion will take you to the office. Experienced clinical team members
will make certain that you're relaxed and completely comfortable and they
monitor you very closely while you're sedated. Many patients feel NO
DISCOMFORT whatsoever during and after treatment, and have little or no
memory of the visit.
Q: What is It?
A: The medicine is called Triazolam. It is a small blue pill taken about 1
hour before your visit. This tablet has been prescribed over 10 million
times per year, by physicians, for patient's use at home. The drug has
almost no side effects or interaction with other medicines you may currently
Q: Is it safe
A: Oral Sedation Dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years
with millions of dental procedures. Before starting any treatments, your
doctor will review your medical history and explain how Sedation Dentistry
can work for you. During treatment we constantly monitor each patient with a
computerized pulse oximeter, which measures heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. We also have a reversal agent on hand that reverses the effect of the medicine in less than 30 seconds. Dr. Salesky wants you to feel good about going forward towards a healthy, new smile.
Q: Am I Really Asleep?
A: Most patients do tend to fall asleep, however you can still respond to
verbal commands. Even the most apprehensive patients have been ecstatic with
Q: Will I feel any pain?
A: Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during their treatment and
feel surprisingly good afterwards.
Q: Will I be totally relaxed?
A: You'll receive just enough sedation so that you'll be completely unaware
of the treatment, as you would if you were asleep.
Q: Will I remember anything?
A: At the end of the treatment, you'll have little or no memory of your
Q: Will I be groggy after my treatment is over?
A: You will feel just fine. For most patients, the effects last between 2-4
hours. Therefore, for your safety, we do require that you have a family
member or friend drive you home.
Q: Will my insurance cover treatment?
A: We'll review your insurance coverage and, if necessary, make financial
arrangements to insure you get the dental care you need.
Q: Who is a Candidate?
A: Adults who have…
- high fear of visiting the dentist
- had traumatic dental experiences
- difficulty getting numb
- a bad gag reflex
- very sensitive teeth
- limited time to complete their dental care
- complex dental problems
- hate needles and shots
- hate noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
- are afraid and embarrassed about their teeth
Read what our patients are saying:
My new smile has received so many glowing compliments." Jan
"I hope that I'm sharing this with somebody younger than me. I wish I had
done this years sooner. Your own teeth are wonderful things. Try to keep as
many of them as you can with Sedation Dentistry." Chris
"I couldn't have done it without Sedation Dentistry. I was embarrassed to
smile. I couldn't chew my food. I was afraid. Now I am smiling, eating what
I want and have my confidence back again," Pat