Oral sedation is a form of Sleep Dentistry that helps patients to stay calm and relaxed throughout their dental treatments, often with no memory of their treatment at all. Many people feel anxious at the idea of going to the dentist. This can be due to anything from sensitive teeth, previous dental trauma, bad childhood memories through to fear triggers like the sound of dental drills or clinic smells.
At Fraser Dental we take dental anxiety seriously and offer several options to help our patients overcome it and have positive dental experiences.
What Is Oral Sedation?
Oral sedation involves administering a pill sedative orally, approximately one hour before your procedure. It is an excellent option for people who are scared of needles. It is used in conjunction with local anaesthetic. Patients are technically awake throughout their procedure, but are able to stay relaxed and pain-free. Many patients report feeling drowsy and having very little memory of their treatment.
Is Oral Sedation Safe?
A very effective way to alleviate dental anxiety, oral sedation is extremely safe and very commonly used throughout New Zealand and worldwide. Our Fraser Dental team are specially trained and every experienced in sedation techniques, ensuring safe administration and continual monitoring throughout procedures.
Oral sedation, as with IV sedation and nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), requires additional post-treatment safety precautions to be taken. Although you will be up on your feet after your appointment, you will not be able to drive for the rest of the day so you must organise transport home. It is normal to feel a bit drowsy after your appointment. Your dental team will be in touch with you the following day to check how you are feeling post-treatment.