If you experience high levels of anxiety during visits to the dentist, Dr. Thomas Tang offers oral conscious sedation at his Brookfield, Wisconsin dental practice to help you have the most calm, relaxed experience possible.
A fear of dental treatment is common among children and adults alike. Even if you have a rational understanding that dental treatment is safe and necessary, a fear of dental treatment can be overwhelming. But with oral conscious sedation, Dr. Tang can help alleviate your anxiety, putting you in a state of near-sleep in which you will still be capable of responding to the dentist, yet subdued to a point at which you will probably have little or no memory of the treatment taking place. When combined with local anesthesia, this treatment is also effective in helping those with very sensitive teeth and a pronounced gag reflex to calmly undergo dental treatment.
To learn more about how oral conscious sedation can make your next dental experience more calm and comfortable, contact our Brookfield, Wisconsin practice today at (262) 821-1000 to schedule an appointment, free consultation or second opinion.
Undergoing Oral Conscious Sedation
The oral conscious sedation process begins by taking a sedative pill such as Halcion, which is similar to Valium, about an hour before treatment. Your dentist may give you a subsequent dose if the first does not achieve the desired effect by the time your treatment is scheduled to begin. Once the medication has taken effect, you will feel very drowsy and relaxed. It is possible to fall asleep during treatment, but you can be easily awakened if necessary. The doctor will monitor your heart rate throughout your treatment to be certain that you are breathing properly. Because oral conscious sedation does not dull pain, you may also receive a local anesthetic.
Because the medication will compromise your motor skills, it is important to have a friend, spouse, or family member drive you to the dentist’s office and drive you home following treatment. Because metabolism differs from person to person, it can be difficult to predict when the drugs will take effect. Patients are generally instructed to take their pill an hour before treatment; however, it can take as long as two hours – or as little as 20 minutes – before the patient becomes sedated. Whoever accompanies you to the dentist’s office should be able to provide physical assistance in getting in and out of a vehicle, and moving throughout Dr. Tang’s office and your home.