Oral sedation dentistry is a medical procedure involving the administration of safe oral sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce patients fear and anxiety related to the experience. Oral sedation is one of the available methods of conscious sedation dentistry, along with inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide).
Dental patients with generalized anxiety (fear of needles and sharp instruments), prior dental trauma, or generalized fear of the dentist can take oral medication in order to reduce their anxieties. Dr. Hanasab uses a variety of single and incremental dose protocols to medicate the patient as early as the day before treatment. The sedative effect allows more dentistry to be completed in fewer appointments as well as allowing complex procedures to be performed in less time.
The main advantages of oral sedation are:
- Ease of administration (you only have to take a pill)
- No needles involved
- High patient acceptance
- Amnesic effect
- Lower cost