Oral Conscious Sedation: Dentistry Free from Anxiety By Dr. Collier on January 31, 2018

A handful of pillsPatients at the Southern Dental Implant Center have positive experiences with each visit, even those who are anxious about seeing their dentist. A big part of this is thanks to our focus on patient-centered care. We go that extra mile to make sure patients trust us, knowing they are in good hands.

To help improve patient experience, our Memphis, TN dental practice offers sedation dentistry. Oral conscious sedation in particular has helped many patients get the crucial dental treatment they need without experiencing fear or stress.

How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

Oral conscious sedation involves a patient taking an oral sedative prior to their dental visit. This sedative comes in either pill or liquid form. Upon arriving at the dental practice, the sedative will have kicked in, leaving the patient in a completely relaxed state.

Thanks to oral conscious sedation, a dentist can perform necessary dental work on a patient without any major issues with regard to fear, discomfort, or stress.

Am I Unconscious During Treatment?

No, patients will be conscious and responsive while they are undergoing dental treatment. Even though the patient is conscious, they will be totally at ease, which means the visit will proceed without incident.

Ideal for Dental Anxiety

Some people have a major fear about dental visits. If this isn't a full-blown phobia, it can be potentially serious enough lead to panic attacks and feelings of dread during a dental visit. Oral conscious sedation helps take care of all these negative reactions, keeping the patient calm and collected.

Crucial for Major Dental Work

When a patient is set to undergo a major dental procedure, oral conscious sedation could be a must. The patient will be able to sit through the lengthy dental procedure completely relaxed and without any sort of worry on their minds.

Good for Patients with Poor Gag Reflex

If you have a poor gag reflex, dental visits can be extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant. Thankfully oral conscious sedation can help with these matters. The gag flex will not be as much of an issue for a patient thanks to the relaxed state that can be achieved.

Helpful When Certain Medical Conditions Are Present

Medical conditions such as cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s can make dental visits difficult. Sitting still or maintaining certain positions can be a painful ordeal for patients with these conditions, even for routine cleanings. Oral conscious sedation can help ease the discomfort that patients face, making dental treatments safer to perform and much easier to undergo.

Make Sure a Loved One Is with You

Patients taking sedative drugs should not operate a vehicle on their own until the effects have completely passed. That is why it’s important for dental patients to have a loved one present with them. He or she can help bring the patient to the practice for the visit and take the patient back home safely.

Consider this just a common sense way to keep you safe after taking care of your smile.

Contact the Team at Southern Dental Implant Center

To learn more about oral conscious sedation and how it can benefit you, be sure to contact the Southern Dental Implant Center. We will help you smile with renewed confidence and improved dental wellness.

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The team at ​Southern Dental Implant Center

​Southern Dental Implant Center

Dr. Jason Collier, our board-certified dentist at ​Southern Dental Implant Center, provides patients in Memphis and the Mid-South area with state-of-the-art dental care using advanced technology. Our doctors are affiliated with many prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • Christian Medical & Dental Associations
  • Memphis Dental Society

To learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment at our Cordova, TN, dental office, contact us online or call (901) 756-0078.

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I have been a patient of Dr. Jason Collier's for many years and have always been treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. His staff is the friendliest dental staff I have ever encountered and I highly recommend this office for any dental needs! Kathleen M.

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