Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation

Visiting the dentist can now be a relaxing experience for patients, especially for those who face certain amounts of anxiety even just by the thought of a dental appointment.

Oral sedation which is otherwise termed as sedation dentistry is a procedure performed by dental professionals to ease the levels of anxiety among patients. It helps facilitate oral procedures by diminishing fear and other anxiety related issues.

 A standard variety of medication can be prescribed for patients to subside and bring down their anxiety levels. These include anti-anxiety pills or gaseous forms of sedation.

What are Anti-anxiety pills?

Anxiety-pills are potential drugs used to alleviate levels of anxiety and fear in patients before a medical procedure. Medical professionals administer safe levels of sedation such as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan. 

Medication used to anxiety and fear relievers can be classified into two:

  • Sedative-Hypnotics – Helps induce a state of sleep and calmness.
  • Anti-anxiety drugs – Helps relieve anxiety

Medicines that treat such issues belong to the family of medications known as Benzodiazepine. These drugs can either be targeted to induce sleep (while administered in higher levels) while others may work by reducing anxiety levels (while administered in lower doses).

Your dental professional would administer the right amount of sedation required to calm your nerves before a dental procedure. Patients would be advised to be escorted by someone after a procedure as the sedation would take its time to wear off.

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