Accepted and well-tolerated by the majority of patients
Lower costs than IV treatment
Pros and cons of oral sedation
Dental sedation can come in various forms—pills, gas or IV sedation. The type most suitable for you will be discussed in detail with your dentist during consultation.
Oral sedation is another name for sedation in pill form. A pill is usually taken an hour before the procedure is performed, producing a deep relaxation for patients who are anxious about sitting in the dentist’s chair and undergoing treatment.
The oral sedative used in sedation dentistry is usually either benzodiazepine (either Valium, Halcion or Xanax). Alternatively, Sonata (Zaleplon) or Ativan (Lorazepam) may be used.
These medicines decrease activity in the parts of the brain that control fear and anxiety. They produce a deep relaxation and calmness that allows the dental work to be performed without interruption and, depending on how much sedative is used, the patient may remember little or nothing about the procedure afterwards.
Pros of oral sedation
Safety: The oral sedatives we use are regulated by the FDA and side effects are very rare. This is an advantage particularly over the use of general anesthesia, which is associated with more adverse events.
Simplicity: Oral sedation is the simplest form because all you have to do is take one to two pills an hour or so before your appointment.
No needles: With oral sedation, you don’t have to worry about needles, which are used for IV sedation. You simply swallow a pill before the appointment in preparation.
No memory of the procedure: A strong dose of sedation medicine will mean that you will have little or no memory of the procedure. This helps to overcome dental fear in patients.
You can remain responsive: Sometimes, the dentist will need you to follow basic instructions during a dental procedure. With oral sedation, this remains possible because you are not asleep, only a little drowsy.
Cons of oral sedation
Slower acting: pill sedation does not work as fast as IV sedation or nitrous oxide sedation. You will usually need to take the pill around an hour before your appointment.
Less flexible: once you swallow a sedative pill, it usually takes time for it to work and because everyone’s metabolism is slightly different, there is no way of knowing how long it will take. It also takes time to assess whether more sedative is required and, if so, for its effects to take hold.
Need a driver: taking a sedation pill will render you unfit to drive to and from your dental appointment, so someone will need to drive you.
EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS
We understand that you are busy and don’t always have time to visit a dentist for a routine checkup in the middle of your Monday. That’s why we offer extended hours from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday.
We are also open all throughout the weekend. That’s right, we’re open every day of the week.
DIRECT BILLING TO INSURANCE PLANS
To support our clients, we offer direct billing, predeterminations of treatments, and financial arrangements to all our patients to ensure smooth and easy payment transactions.
PAYMENT PLANS & FINANCING AVAILABLE
We understand that dental services can be an unexpected expense. That’s why we offer flexible payment plans and options to suit our patients’ needs. Speak with one of our dental assistants to learn more.
At Sierra Dental, you will never struggle to find parking. Our clinics offer convenient parking options that are free of charge to our patients. It’s one more way we work to put a smile on your face.