Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is a wonderful option for patients who need more than just nitrous oxide, but don’t need or want IV Sedation or general anesthesia. It allows many people to be comfortably sedated through an entire dental visit using just a small pill. Dr. Mark Dye is a general dentist and a sedation dentist in the Savannah area that offers oral conscious sedation for the comfort of his patients. We cater to the cowards and don’t want you to hold off getting dental care if you are afraid from previous experiences in the chair. Dr. Dye offers his patients the option of having oral conscious sedation in a pill format or nitrous gas (also referred to as “laughing gas”) as an alternative to alleviate any of these fears.
Conscious sedation is modern dentistry that lets even the most high fear patient have a relaxing and comfortable dental visit. Since the patient is comfortable, Dr. Dye is able to accomplish the work of several appointments in just one, including cosmetic dental procedures. There are a number of conscious sedation techniques, but they all have certain things in common.
While the goal of general anesthesia is for the patient to sleep, in dentistry it is much more common to use conscious sedation, where the patient is sedated and comfortable, yet still awake. When Dr. Dye uses conscious sedation, you don’t really fall asleep, even though sometimes it feels like you did. That’s because sedation feels so relaxing and peaceful that the patient doesn’t even notice the passing of time. Many of the medications used in conscious sedation have an amnesiac effect as well, leaving patients with little or no memory of their dental appointment.
While all methods of sedation are very safe, the history of oral sedation has been especially safe as well as very effective. Dr. Dye uses very common medications that are extremely safe and widely prescribed. Your vital signs will be constantly monitored from the moment you arrive at the office through the appointment, and until we are certain you are ready to leave. In fact, they and their whole dental team are highly trained in safety and emergency procedures, making the dentist office one of the safest places you can be!
Contact Dr. Dye if you have any additional questions regarding Oral Sedation!