What is Conscious Oral Sedation?

Did you know?….

It has been brought to our attention that many of our patients are not aware that Dr. Glass is qualified to administer Oral Conscious Sedation. You may ask, “What is that?” Well, it allows our patients who are anxious about having their dental work done or have many procedures to complete, to receive their treatment in a comfortable, stress-free way. The “Conscious” part of it is what is most appealing. It means that you are not “put under” with an I.V. Instead, you’re awake, can breathe on your own, can talk and are responsive.
Its a very simple process. You are sent home with an oral medication (Halcion) to take on an empty stomach one hour before your scheduled appointment. You will need transportation to and from your appointment as you will not be alert enough to drive yourself. When you arrive we will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygen levels, and will determine if more oral medication needs to be administered before your procedure. As far as the actual dental procedure goes, not much will change. We still administer local anesthesia to keep you free from pain. Our patients tell us that it makes them feel like they are in a “dream like” state. Many of our patients don’t remember the procedure itself, and those that do, say it seemed like it only took a few minutes instead of the actual length of time. Once you are home, it typically takes a few hours for the medication to wear off and your dental work is done, anxiety free!

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