Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry – Kittanning, PA

Keeping Patients
of All Ages Calm

Visiting the dentist can cause some people severe anxiety and stress. Because of this, fearful patients often forego necessary dental care. If you find yourself feeling panicky at the thought of having your teeth worked on, you should know that a safe, comfortable relaxation method exists. Oral conscious sedation dentistry from our Kittanning, PA alleviates anxiety, so you can face your dental appointments with confidence.

Why Choose Voller Dentistry, PC for Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry?

  • Proven Method to Relieve Dental Anxiety
  • Friendly & Understanding Dental Team
  • Early, Late, and Saturday Hours

What Does Oral Conscious Dental Sedation Entail?

Dental patient holding water glass and oral conscious dental sedation pill

If you fear dental appointments, call a dentist to determine if oral sedation is available for you based on your medical history and current medications. If you’re a good candidate for oral sedation, the dentist will select an appropriate anti-anxiety or sedative drug for you to take at a pre-determined time before your appointment. These safe, widely prescribed drugs diminish anxiety and help patients relax.

Your anxiety level will help the dentist determine the dosage, which in turn determines your consciousness level during the appointment. Some patients become so relaxed they drift off into a restful sleep during their dental procedures. Throughout your appointment, we will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. When you choose oral sedation, you must have a responsible adult who can drive you to and from your appointment and spend some time with you after the appointment until the sedative wears off completely.

Why Choose Oral Conscious Dental Sedation?

Dental patient sharing healthy smile after dentistry treatment with oral conscious dental sedation

In general, patients choose oral sedation if they:

  • Experience severe anxiety and fear when faced with dental instruments
  • Put off important dental treatment because of fear
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have trouble feeling numb after receiving local anesthetic
  • Cannot rest comfortably in a dentist’s exam chair due to neck or back problems

Are There Risks to Oral Conscious Dental Sedation?

Young man with healthy smile after oral conscious dental sedation

The anti-anxiety medications used to achieve oral sedation have been prescribed and studied for years, so potential side effects are widely documented. These drugs are generally safe for most patients and have a low incidence of side effects, which tend to be minor.

Typically, patients who receive oral sedation experience:

  • Retrograde amnesia, in which they recall little to nothing about the dental procedure
  • Decreased post-operative soreness
  • Dry mouth
  • A very small percentage of patients may temporarily have hiccups after using oral sedation drugs.