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Terrified Of The Dentist? How Oral Conscious Sedation Can Help

What is oral conscious sedation? Is it safe? What does it feel like? Plus, will it really help me if I’m terrified of the dentist? All your questions answered by the experts at WeCare Dental Peterborough

It’s real, a lot of people are scared of the dentist. Many of us grew up in a time when dental visits were terrifying. Things have changed. Techniques are advanced, dentists are gentle and there’s no longer a need for anxiety. However, old habits die hard and you’re still avoiding necessary dental treatments due to old deep-seated fears. Maybe you’re a good candidate for oral, conscious sedation. 

What is oral conscious sedation? And, will it really help me if I’m terrified of the dentist?

It’s basically, tranquilisation. You’ll be given a pill to take before your dental treatment, and it will help you to relax. You’ll still be awake and able to respond, but there’ll be no pain and your anxiety will be eased. “It really helps our more nervous patients get through a procedure in comfort,” says Dr. Morné Williams, Co-Founder of WeCare Dental Peterborough. 

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Is oral conscious sedation safe?

It is considered safe, and your vital signs will be monitored throughout. But,  you should arrange for someone else to drive you home afterwards.

What does oral conscious sedation feel like?

“You will feel really drowsy and may even drop off to sleep, but it won’t be difficult to rouse you. Mostly, you’ll feel deeply relaxed. Many people don’t remember much about the procedure, even though they are fully conscious throughout,” says WeCare Dental Co-Founder Dr. Wayne Carolissen.  

What are the side effects of oral conscious sedation?

Side effects are not common, but occasionally, nausea and vomiting can occur. 

What to do on the day of your procedure

Your dentist will provide you with a list of instructions. Usually, these include: 

Instructions about when to stop eating and drinking before the procedure.

You should also:

Take the pill the dentist gives you with a small sip of water.

Avoid drinking alcohol the day or night before the procedure.

Arrive on time for your appointment. 

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It’s easy to wake up after oral conscious sedation.

What to do after your procedure

Get someone else to drive you home.

Follow the instructions given to you by your dentist.

Once you feel hungry, eat a healthy meal to regain any lost energy.

Avoid smoking  – it delays healing.

Book an appointment.


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