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Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation ~ The patient takes a pill before treatment. The patient becomes sleepy, and develops a diminished awareness of sounds and smells. The effects can last for up to four hours. A patient is monitored for his or her individual response. Commonly administered oral sedatives include: Valium, Halcion, Xanax, and Ativan.

Advantages of oral conscious sedation include: It is easily administered (no needles), generally has a low incidence of side effects, the patient can breathe independently, and the patient retains the ability to interact with and respond to the dentist.

This mode of sedation is gaining popularity as “sedation” or “sleep” dentistry; however, oral medications do not and should not put a patient to sleep. Therefore, patients using this method who want to be to be “asleep” may be more aware of dental treatment than they want to be.

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Picture of patient undergoing oral conscious sedation dentistry