Oral Conscious Sedation

Fear of the dentist is extremely common.

It has been estimated that 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear.  At Arch City Dental, we take pride in helping people feel comfortable and relaxed, sometimes correcting years of neglect and restoring pride in smiles and appearance. Avoiding necessary dental care because of fear not only affects your looks and function, but it can also affect your overall health. Believe it or not, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and other health concerns. We are here to help you or your loved one conquer fear of the dentist. We have a perfect solution: oral conscious sedation!

Oral Conscious Sedation - How Does It Work? 

Oral Conscious Sedation does not involve a needle or face mask.  This is a quick process that simply involves two pills taken orally.  The first is taken the day before treatment. The second is taken an hour prior to your appointment which calms the apprehension yet allows you to stay conscious throughout your appointment.  This is a very popular treatment not only because of its success, but because it is so easy and convenient.  It is important to note that any patient undergoing oral conscious sedation will need to have an escort to and from their dental appointment.

Process for oral conscious sedation:

Step 1 – The night before your treatment: Take the first of the two prescribed pills. This pill minimizes the activity in the brain responsible for fear allowing you to get a good night's sleep. You will be well-rested and relaxed for your treatment the next day.

Step 2 - Day of treatment:  One hour prior to your appointment, take the second prescribed pill.  This pill will take effect quickly, so it is important that you have an escort drive you to your appointment.  

Step 3 - The procedure:  During your treatment, you will remain conscious and be able to respond to commands. The oral conscious sedatives are very effective at eliminating anxiety. You will simply be in a state of DEEP RELAXATION, similar to a light sleep.

Step 4 - After the procedure:  Once your treatment is complete, you will still feel the effects of the oral conscious sedative. An escort will need to drive you home. Once the effects have worn off, you will retain little to no memory of your procedure.  

In addition to oral conscious sedation, we also offer nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation. We would be happy to explain these options in greater detail during your complimentary consultation: