Oral conscious sedation is the most popular type of sedation dentistry because it offers patients many advantages, including:
- It’s just a pill, so it’s very easy to take
- No needles or masks
- Can take effect before you come to the office
- It is effective for most people
- It is safe for most people
- It’s long-lasting
- It’s inexpensive
- It causes you to forget appointment
These advantages make oral conscious sedation a very appealing approach to overcoming dental anxiety. In particular, many people like how the medication results in forgetfulness about their dental appointment. Even memories of a visit to the dentist can cause anxiety in many people, so they’re happy to be without them.
Drawbacks of Oral Conscious Sedation
Truthfully, there aren’t many drawbacks to oral sedation, but it does have a few. The primary drawback is that it isn’t always easy to tell what dosage of medication would work best for an individual, so some people are under-sedated on their first appointment. It’s also hard to extend the effectiveness of oral sedation, so if it isn’t lasting long enough for your procedure, there may be a problem. Typically, though the effects last for several hours, so this isn’t normally a concern.
A common concern comes from the lengthy effects. You won’t be able to drive yourself home from an appointment where you had oral sedation. You also won’t be able to drive yourself to your appointment.
If you want to learn whether oral sedation is right for you, please contact Rice Dentistry in Irvine today.