Oral sedation is a popular choice by patients as it does not involve any needles or masks. The sedative is taken in pill form at the start of your dental procedure.
This is a very common form of sedation in dental procedures. It is popular due to the ease of administration and its effectiveness as a sedative.
With oral sedation, you will be conscious and able to respond to our dental staff. You will be relaxed and at ease. Your procedure will feel like it has gone by very quickly. The treatment makes you less aware of time passing.
Benefits of Oral Sedation
- Pill form – sedative
- Conscious during procedure
- Fast recovery time
- Time passes quickly
- Can reduce anxiety
- Pain free procedure
How Does Oral Sedation Work?
The oral sedative may take slightly longer to work than the other forms of sedation, however it is very powerful.
A patient may have to wait up to 20 minutes on average to fully feel the effects of oral sedatives. This form of sedation can take slightly longer to come out of.
Unlike the IV sedation where your dentist simply detached the IV and stops the flow of medication, oral sedative stay in your system slightly longer.
In older patients especially, the effects of oral medication have been seen to last longer.
Oral sedatives are useful for longer dental appointments, where there are many things that need to be done. Like the other sedatives treatments, you will remain conscious throughout the procedure.
Many people prefer oral sedatives due to how easy they are to administer. The patient doesn’t have to wear a mask during the procedure or have to be around needles. They simply swallow a pill.
We can also combine oral sedation with nitrous oxide sedation for a deeper relaxation effect. When patients choose this option, they typically fall asleep during the procedure.
What Does It Feel Like?
Oral sedatives will make you feel drowsy, calm and peaceful. The medication can affect your memory and you may not fully remember the procedure, however you will have been conscious throughout.
It will feel as though your dental appointment has gone by very quickly. This is because oral sedatives make you less aware to the passing of time.
Oral sedatives are a good option for children who are going through a dental procedure. It is a convenient option for individuals with dental anxiety, or a stronger gag reflex.
The medication will ensure that you feel at ease during your treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects Of Oral Sedation?
Because the medication is ingested into your body, the effects may last slightly longer than they would with other forms of sedation. This is why we require the patient to bring a designated driver for after the procedure.
You can feel the effects of oral sedatives for 2-3 hours after, so avoid work or planning events for after your dental procedure.
Oral Sedation – Costs and prices
Oral sedation can cost between $200 and $350, depending on the length of the procedure and the size and age of the patient. At LA Dental Clinic, oral sedation is around $250.
The level of sedation needed will also be taken into account when considering price. Oral sedation is generally used in longer appointments.