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Oral Sedation – Lincoln, NE

Powerful and Simple Sedation

Happy, relaxed woman thanks to oral sedation in Lincoln

If the idea of undergoing a major dental procedure makes you feel a little anxious, you are far from alone. Countless individuals suffer from a degree of nervousness or anxiety when it is their time to settle into the big chair at the dentist’s or periodontist’s office. We understand your concerns — that’s why we offer numerous sedation options, including oral sedation (also called oral conscious sedation). This page explains what you can expect from this effective, simple, and powerful relaxation method.

Why Choose Pioneer Periodontics and Implant Dentistry for Oral Sedation?

  • Welcoming, Relaxing Environment
  • Powerful Sedation Without Needles
  • Safety Is a Top Priority

What Is Oral Sedation?

Person holding water and pill for oral conscious sedation

Oral sedation involves the use of a medication that temporarily affects the way the brain responds to stimuli that might otherwise cause a degree of anxiety. The medication is administered orally. You swallow a pill about an hour before your procedure begins, and by the time our team begins working on your mouth, you should feel completely relaxed. Oral sedation does not produce unconsciousness. Patients typically remain alert enough to respond to directions or questions from our team. If you drift off to sleep, it should be easy for us to awaken you with a gentle shake.

How Does Oral Sedation Work?

Relaxed female patient, reclining in dental chair before treatment

If you are interested in oral sedation, let a member of our team know. Your sedation dentist in Lincoln will evaluate your candidacy for it. Oral sedation is safe for most people, but there are certain circumstances that might have an impact on whether it is safe for you. For example, it might not be right for you if you are pregnant.

If you are a candidate for oral sedation, you’ll receive a prescription for the sedation medication. Prior to your appointment, be sure to arrange to have someone available to drive you to and from our office. The medication is very powerful, so you should not drive for at least a full day or two after you take it.

You may not remember anything about your procedure after your sedation wears off. This is normal, and most patients view it as an additional benefit of the medication.

Benefits of Oral Sedation

Male patient relaxing at home after treatment under oral sedation

Some of the most notable benefits of oral sedation include:

  • The medication is powerful enough to calm significant anxiety. It also works well for patients who have a strong gag reflex or who need to undergo multiple procedures at once. You can expect to breeze through your appointment!
  • No needles. Many patients dislike the ideal of having a needle in their hand for IV sedation. Oral sedation does not require the use of needles.
  • We carefully monitor our patients while they are sedated. Although complications are rare, we always remain diligent with a view to protecting our patients’ overall well-being.

Would you like to learn more about oral sedation or the other techniques we can use to help you stay calm and relaxed during your appointment? Contact Pioneer Periodontics and Implant Dentistry today to talk to member of our friendly team.