Many patients have such a fear of visiting the dentist, they will put off simple procedures like hygiene visits. Thankfully today, many dental providers are offering oral sedation to relax their patients giving them the courage to seek needed dental care. And while those patients are benefiting from sedation, your dentist can now provide cosmetic dentistry treatment for nervous patients so they can enjoy a beautiful smile and straight teeth.
How does oral conscious sedation work? The patient will take a sedative orally at home about an hour before their scheduled procedure. A reliable person is needed to transport the patient both to and from their appointment.
The patient arrives at the dental office relaxed. When seated for treatment, additional sedatives are often administered. The dentist or dental assistant will monitor the patient’s vital signs continually throughout the procedure. When the patient has achieved a state of conscious sedation, the procedure can begin.
Conscious sedation means the patient is awake and can answer questions, but is sedated to a point that most patients report that they feel like they slept through the treatment.
Eliminating anxiety from the dental procedure is not just helpful for the patients. The dentist can work efficiently and effectively knowing their patient is at ease, and free from worry, fear, and discomfort.
It is not just anxious patients that can reap the benefits of oral sedation. Patients that can’t comfortably be seated for extended periods or those with medical conditions that make sitting quietly throughout a procedure difficult or impossible are now able to complete treatment.
So whether you are anxious or unable to sit for extended periods, you are no longer excluded from being able to enjoy the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening, dental implants, veneers … any and all cosmetic procedures are available with our experienced dental team. Contact us today to learn more about your options.
Mark E. Massaro, DDS
3150 East 41st Street
Wellington Square Suite 141
Tulsa, OK 74105
Dr. Mark Massaro is a Tulsa, OK dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry such as Dental Exams, Cleanings, X-rays, Smile Makeovers, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Lumineers, Crowns, & more.