Oral Sedation: Banish Dental Anxiety Quickly & Easily

Oral sedation is one of the most commonly used methods of sedation in dentistry. At Smile Crafters, we are committed to providing the resources and education to help our patients understand exactly what we are doing to their mouth and teeth!

What is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation is also referred to as “pill sedation,” and is administered in a pill form before the time of the appointment. The medication is a type of Benzodiazepine, found in medications such as Xanax and Valium.

The medicine works by decreasing anxiety, stress, and fear within the brain. This helps to calm the patient during and leading up to their appointment or procedure.

When is Oral Sedation Necessary?

There are a few key reasons why our dental team may opt for oral sedation over other sedative methods. For some patients, sedatives administered via needle may not be as effective as they need to be. This can be true for nitrous oxide as well.

Oral sedation offers a safe alternative to more invasive methods of sedation, making it an often preferred method by many patients.

It is important to note that while this sedative will not put the patient to sleep, they will need a friend, family member, or public transportation to get them home following the use of the medication.

Benefits of Oral Sedation

  • No Needles: Most patients who opt for oral sedation will do so due to nervousness, fear, or phobia surrounding needles. Because oral sedation comes in pill form, this eliminates the need for needles in most cases.
  • FDA Approved: The medication used for oral sedation is completely safe and FDA approved. Patients are given a pre-determined dosage and a single-dose prescription to prevent any habit-forming behaviors.
  • Easy to Use: All the patient needs to do for this kind of sedation is take the pill and then sit back and wait! Remember to figure out transportation before taking the pill.

Smile Crafters is always accepting new patients in Clermont and the surrounding areas. To learn more about oral sedation or any of our other services, give our team a call to schedule your appointment today!