Oral Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Scott and Dr. Kathryn Le offer oral sedation for patients with special needs or dental anxiety. This process is not for everyone. In fact, many of our patients with some dental anxiety find they don’t need it in our office. These patients often tell us that our caring, gentle approach is a sufficient remedy. The choice is really yours.

 

What is oral sedation?

Patients who are apprehensive about receiving dental treatment often avoid going to the dentist. Ultimately, this avoidance can lead to advanced disease and the need for expensive treatments that could have been avoided.

Oral sedation provides a safe, effective way to alleviate dental anxiety and provide patients with the treatment they need.

 

How it works

Oral sedation makes use of a prescription medication that induces a drowsy, relaxed feeling. This is an oral medication and no intravenous needles are used. Due to the relaxing effects of the medication, patients must have a friend or family member bring them to the dental office and return them home.

During this process, the patient’s vital signs are monitored. Although patients are not completely unconscious, many patients sleep through their dental appointment. Few patients have any memory of their treatment.

 

Advantages

Oral sedation is an excellent method of treatment for patients who have any of the following concerns:

  • Discomfort with Needles and Shots
  • Dental Anxiety
  • Difficulty Getting Numb
  • Very Sensitive Teeth
  • Extensive Dental Needs