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Am I a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

August 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — cordiniperio @ 6:20 pm

Female patient benefiting from sedation dentistryDoes your heart race and your palms sweat when it’s time to visit your dentist? Maybe you need to have some dental work done? You might be a candidate for oral conscious sedation. It’s a safe, effective solution to ensure a comfortable day in the dentist’s chair. Here are 4 things you should know to determine if it’s right for you.

1. You Have Dental-Related Fears or Phobias

If you’ve had a bad experience at a dentist before, it’s normal to have anxiety about an upcoming appointment. Not to mention, the sights, sounds, and smells can also cause your anxiety to rise. No matter the reason behind your dental fears, oral conscious sedation can help you sit back and relax. 

It’s a prescribed medication taken before your appointment to help you reach deep relaxation. You may even fall asleep, but you won’t be rendered unconscious. You can still be awakened easily to respond to your dentist’s instructions.

2. You Need Dental Work

If you have difficulty getting numb or can’t hold your jaw open for a long time, dental work can be difficult. Oral conscious sedation makes it easier to stay in one position for longer. 

Time will fly by and your dentist can perform your procedures quickly. Whether you need a root canal or several treatments, oral conscious sedation can provide the comfortable care you need.

3. You Have Good General Health

Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients with good general health. Your dentist will review your medical history and any medications you’re taking to look for anything concerning. If you have pre-existing health issues or take medications, you can still be a candidate for dental sedation. Your dentist will create a personalized plan because your safety is their top priority.

4. Nitrous Oxide Isn’t Enough

Nitrous oxide is effective for patients with mild dental fears or requiring minor procedures, but it may not be enough for patients with severe phobias or during invasive procedures. Oral conscious sedation offers stronger effects and can be combined with numbing medications.

Is Oral Conscious Sedation Right for You?

Although many people can benefit from oral conscious sedation, not everyone is a candidate. The only way to know if it’s an option for you is by having a consultation with your dentist. 

They’ll learn more about your concerns and situation to cater your dental care to your specific needs. You can conquer your dental fears and stop putting necessary procedures on hold with the help of sedation dentistry.

About Dr. Franco Cordini

Dr. Cordini earned his dental degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry and has continued his education for 3 years to specialize in periodontics at the University of Louisville. He has over 2 decades of experience creating healthy, beautiful smiles. Request an appointment through our website or call (502) 317-1122.

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