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Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry: Helping You Feel Relaxed and Less Anxious

By Burton Gooch on January 12, 2016


A woman at the dentist's officeWhen patients meet with Dr. Burton Gooch at his Birmingham dental practice, they know that they are in good hands. Dr. Gooch is a leading dentist in the region, committed to good patient care and achieving great results.

Relaxation and positivity are important parts of effective dental care, and sedation dentistry can contribute to an anxiety-free visit. Let's cover the basics of sedation dentistry right now.

About Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a great option to consider when a dentist wants a patient to achieve a relaxed state. This allows the dentist to perform involved or lengthy dental procedures without any worries of harming the patient during the treatment process. This also eases anxieties for the patient during the duration of a procedure.

Good Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

Good candidates for sedation dentistry are people who experience a fair degree of anxiety or fear when it comes to dental visits. This means any issues with distress about dental care, or even dental phobia, which is a fear of visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry helps prevent panic attacks and sensations of distress in patients, allowing them to be relaxed during treatment.

In addition to issues with anxiety. Sedation dentistry is also a great option to consider for people who have Parkinson's or cerebral palsy, allowing them to remain still and to feel comfortable while in the dentist chair.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is one of the methods of dental sedation that proves quite effective for many patients. Oral conscious sedation involves a patient taking oral medication prior to their visit to the dentist. The medication will go into effect by the time the patient arrives at the practice, which means that there will be no fear or anxiety during the visit.

The Advantages of Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is easy and free from hassles. Patients don't have to worry about any needles or IV hookups as part of the process, and the pill or liquid sedative is carefully screened for potential allergies or contraindications.

Oral conscious sedation kicks in as patients enter the practice, which means there will be no initial panic, fear, or anxiety as part of the treatment process.

Patient Safety for Oral Conscious Sedation

Since patients will be in an extremely relaxed state, it is important that they have someone to drive/escort them to and from the practice. This will ensure the patient's safety during the process and is a common sense precaution when it comes to any sort of sedation.

Working to Prevent Dental Anxiety and Fear

In addition to offering sedation dentistry at the practice, our team will work closely with you to help ensure the most comfortable and inviting atmosphere possible. Our team is here to help you have a healthy and beautiful smile, and to ensure that you feel welcome and at ease during any visit to the practice.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Burton Gooch

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry techniques and how they may be able to benefit you, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Burton Gooch and his team will work with you to achieve the best dental health possible.

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