Sedation a beneficial treatment for oral surgery patients of our Greenwood office
Visits to the dentist can be difficult for a lot of people, especially for those who are having an oral surgery procedure like tooth extraction or dental implants. We are understanding with our patients who feel fearful of getting the treatment they need to have optimal oral health. More than just expressing our understanding, we take steps to improve patient comfort with sedation. A mild sedative can significantly improve your overall treatment in oral surgery from your Greenwood dentist Dr. Christopher T. Griffin.
Sedation is beneficial for anxious patients as well as for patients whose oral surgery may take a little longer than a normal dental treatment. After some time, sitting in the dental chair can become uncomfortable. Light sedation such as nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation makes it easier to sit back and relax while we attend to your dental needs.
What to expect from oral conscious sedation
Before your oral surgery procedure, we will discuss your preference for sedation. A prescription will be given to you for oral sedative medication. This is taken just before you leave for your appointment. Because the medicine affects your reaction to outside stimulation, it is necessary to have a friend or loved one drive you to your appointment and drive you home after treatment.
Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry.” This description is not accurate. After you take the prescribed medication, you will feel comfortable and calm. You will be unaware of your drift off during your procedure because you feel at ease. You will be aware of your surroundings and capable of communicating with us as needed.
Like nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation works by minimizing your response to external stimuli. An additional benefit to sedation is that you will not remember much of your treatment. Many patients appreciate having no memory of dental care and find that this makes it easier for them to schedule future care. Because of the slight amnesic effect caused by sedatives, we suggest that you spend the day resting at home after your dental treatment.
Face dental care with confidence! Contact us to discuss your options for sedation during your dental procedure.