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Sedation Dentistry – Arnold, MO

Ensuring Your Comfort During Treatment

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People of all ages experience anxiety or fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. At JL Dental, we’re committed to delivering a calming and top-notch dental experience. That's why we provide multiple options for sedation dentistry in Arnold, MO. Dental anxieties often prevent people from getting the necessary care, and we aim to change that by prioritizing your comfort during every visit to our office.

Oral Conscious Sedation

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Patients dealing with moderate to severe dental anxiety can opt for oral conscious sedation. This involves taking a single pill about an hour before the appointment. By the time you reach our office, you'll already be in a relaxed state as we guide you to your treatment room. Due to the lingering effects of the sedation, it's necessary to arrange for a trusted family member or friend to drop you off and pick you up from our dental office.

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

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Oral conscious sedation involves the use of a small pill that you take shortly before your procedure is set to begin. Its job is to induce a deeply relaxed state; you may begin to feel calm, relaxed, and even drowsy within about 15 minutes of swallowing it. Valium, Ativan, and Halcion are the medications that are most often used for oral conscious sedation.

Many patients love oral conscious sedation because of its simplicity and comfort. It does not involve the use of needles or an uncomfortable nasal mask.

How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

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Oral conscious sedation is somewhat powerful, and its effects can linger for several hours after your appointment. It will not be safe for you to drive while under its influence, so be sure to have a trusted adult ready to give you a ride.

During your appointment, you might drift off to sleep, but you will not be unconscious. If necessary, your dental team will be able to awaken you with gentle stimuli. You will be closely monitored throughout your procedure to ensure your safety.

Are You a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

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You might be a suitable candidate for oral conscious sedation if:

  • You struggle with moderate to severe dental anxiety.
  • You have a sensitive gag reflex.
  • You are not easily numbed by local anesthesia.
  • You have a medical condition that makes it difficult for you to sit still in the treatment chair.
  • You have gone through traumatic dental care experiences in the past.

Our team will thoroughly screen you to make sure that you do not have any contraindications for oral conscious sedation.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for those with dental anxiety, ensuring a relaxed experience. If you face challenges due to a sensitive gag reflex or have physical disabilities making dental visits uncomfortable, sedation allows for a more comfortable and stress-free treatment. Whether you're nervous about routine checkups or need extensive dental procedures, sedation dentistry provides a pathway to a more comfortable and manageable dental experience tailored to your unique needs.