Relax with Oral Conscious Sedation


If you are anxious or fearful when it comes to dental procedures, you are not alone. It is estimated that as many as 75% of US adults experience some degree of dental fear, and some are so crippled by it that they avoid seeking dental care altogether. Of course, skipping out on your dental visits is a pretty terrible idea that can turn small problems into big ones—small cavities can become large ones, and mild gum disease can turn into a serious infection.

Going to the dentist just got easier

Those who dread going to the dentist may benefit from oral conscious sedation, an option that entails taking sedative drugs in order to reduce fear and anxiety during dental procedures. The safety of sedation medications is measured by pharmacists and health professionals on a scale called the “therapeutic index.” Oral sedatives and anxiolytics, which dissolve anxiety, have the highest numbers possible on the index, making them the least likely to cause an adverse reaction.

Many of our patients enjoy great success with oral conscious sedation, reporting that hours seem to pass like minutes, allowing them to remain comfortable while Dr. Arredondo performs their necessary treatment.

Oral conscious sedation

A lot of people like oral conscious sedation because it does not require an injection; for those afraid of needles, this is major. Typically, if you chose oral conscious sedation, you’d take the medication before your appointment, which would result in you being relaxed and somewhat groggy by the time you arrive for your dental appointment. You’d still be aware of what was going on during your appointment, but you’d feel more at ease throughout your procedure. You would, of course, need to arrange transportation to and from the office on the day of your appointment.

Your health history

Before taking sedation medication, it is critical to provide us a complete health history including:

  • Medical conditions
  • Medications prescribed by a doctor
  • Over-the-counter medications and vitamins
  • Alternative or herbal supplements
  • Lifestyle habits, such as smoking and alcohol consumption

Talk to your dentist

Share your concerns with Dr. Arredondo in Bend so that we can together choose your best treatment. Dentistry has come a long way, and years have been spent researching the best methods for alleviating pain and anxiety. Dr. Arredondo will be able to explain your options for maximizing your comfort under his care.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your visit a comfortable and pleasant one.


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