Our dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group try to help our patients feel relaxed and comfortable. If you experience dental anxiety or heightened oral sensitivity, we may be able to help make your dental appointments more comfortable by offering oral conscious sedation, which can help patients relax and receive the dental treatment they need.
What is oral conscious sedation?
Your dentist can administer oral conscious sedation using a prescription medication in the form of a liquid or pill. These medications can be used the night before your appointment to help you sleep, or an hour before your appointment to help you feel calm and relaxed from the second you walk into our Burnaby dental office for your treatment.
Oral conscious sedation lasts long enough to help nervous or anxious patients get through most dental procedures stress-free, and leave our office feeling that they have had a positive dental experience.
How will oral conscious sedation make me feel?
You will likely begin to feel calm and at ease shortly after taking the medication. This feeling of calm can last throughout your dental appointment. Oral conscious sedation will help you to relax but still remain conscious. With oral conscious sedation, some of our patients feel so relaxed that they fall asleep during their dental treatment!
This form of sedation is considered safe for most healthy patients, but it's important to remember that every patient's needs are different. At North Burnaby Dental Group, our dentists decide how oral conscious sedation will be used on a case-by-case basis. If you think dental sedation could benefit you, speak to your dentist.
To avoid any drug interactions, and to determine whether oral sedation is appropriate for you, your dentist will require a full medical history prior to your treatment.
If you are scheduled to undergo dental treatment with the help of oral conscious sedation, it's essential to arrange for someone to take you home following your appointment. You will not be able to drive after your sedation appointment.