Sedation Dentistry

For many patients, a visit to the dentist means stress and anxiety. Many Americans struggle with dental phobia, neglecting their oral health and avoiding the dentist altogether because of a bad experience or fear of pain. If you fall into this group, please know that a safe and comfortable visit to the dentist awaits you. With oral sedation, you can approach dental appointments with a new confidence, free of fear and anxiety.

Based on your medical history and current medications, we will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for oral sedation. Dr. Bass will choose the right anti-anxiety or sedative drug for you to take before you come in for your appointment. The drugs that he uses, which are safe and widely prescribed by doctors across the country, work to lessen anxiety and help patients relax.

You may benefit from oral sedation if:

If you struggle with gag reflex
Back and neck problems make it difficult to sitting for long periods
Don’t feel numb after receiving local anesthetic
Have fear and anxiety at the face of dental instruments
Dr. Bass will determine the dosage of sedation according to your specific level of anxiety, which in turn establishes your state of consciousness during the appointment. Some patients become so relaxed that they fall into a pleasant sleep while under oral sedation. We will monitor your vital signs carefully to ensure your safety, and you’ll need a responsible adult to drive you, as well as spend time with you, until the drugs completely wear off.

Because the different drugs used for oral sedation have been prescribed and researched for years, the potential side effects have been vastly documented. They are rare, minor, and commonly safe for the majority of patients. Though a small percentage of patients get hiccups after oral sedation, the typical side effects include:

Retrograde amnesia, a form of amnesia in which patients can recall little to nothing about the dental procedure
Dry mouth
Deceased post-operative soreness
Don’t let fear stop you from having the beautiful smile you deserve. Oral sedation may be the best solution for you. Call our San Luis Obispo dental office and schedule your consultation today.
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