Oral Sedation: Your Most Common Questions Answered
Oral sedation is a method to improve patient comfort and relaxation during common procedures performed by an oral surgeon. Also called “sedation dentistry”, oral sedation has applications for patients who have fears or phobias in clinical settings. When patients require time consuming or complex treatment, sedation is also beneficial for helping our team provide precise treatment since patients are relaxed and still. Following are some answers to common questions about sedation dentistry.
What is oral sedation exactly?
This type of sedation is taken in tablet form orally. The most common class of sedative medications used comes from the benzodiazepine family. These drugs are available only by prescription and must be taken exactly as directed.
Benzodiazepines are mild sedatives that have been developed specifically to combat anxious and nervous feelings. They have a calming and relaxing effect on the body. Commonly used in sedation dentistry, these medications may be prescribed for patients with dental or clinical phobias.
Common brand names of oral sedatives include Ativan, Xanax, and Valium. Since this class of medication can impair cognitive and motor function, we recommend that patients arrange for a ride to and from our office with a close friend or family member.
What types of procedures may involve the use of sedation?
Our oral surgeons might recommend sedation dentistry for a number of procedures. For instance, oral sedation may be used in the placement of dental implants, bone grafting surgeries, and tooth extractions such as the removal of diseased teeth or third molars (wisdom teeth).
Is oral sedation safe?
Our practice uses only FDA-approved medications and our team only prescribes the minimum amount of medication to achieve the desired effect. During treatment, patients will be monitored very closely. Our practice places the utmost priority on the comfort of our guests so that all who receive treatment enjoy a positive experience.
For questions about sedation dentistry or to reserve an appointment at our practice, call our office at Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today.