Oral-Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is designed to make visiting the dentist a more comfortable and stress-free experience. With techniques such as oral-conscious sedation, men and women who are typically too afraid to go to the dentist can get the care they need while feeling very relaxed. Dr. John D. Beckwith and our team at Cornerstone Dental proudly offer oral-conscious sedation for patients who suffer from dental phobia. Dr. Beckwith is licensed with the state of New Jersey to offer this method of sedation, having the skill and expertise needed to deliver safe and effective sedation care. The option of receiving sedation is available for any procedure that causes patients anxiety, whether it is a routine cleaning, root canal, or dental implant placement.

Our goal is to make your dental experience as pleasant as possible. If you are interested in taking advantage of sedation dentistry, or would like to know more about how it works, please ask a member of our team during your appointment.

How Does Oral-Conscious Sedation Dentistry Work?

Often known as “sleep” dentistry, oral-conscious sedation involves taking a prescription medication in the form of a pill before for your treatment. As the sedative takes effect, you will begin to feel very relaxed while still remaining conscious throughout your procedure. Since the medication gradually wears off, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your appointment, as you may feel too drowsy.

What Are the Benefits of Oral-Conscious Sedation Dentistry?

A major benefit of oral-conscious sedation dentistry is patients can often undergo multiple treatments during the same appointment, making their visit more productive and their care more efficient. Other advantages to utilizing sedation during treatment include the following:

  • Provides a more comfortable procedure with less discomfort
  • Reduces dental anxiety caused by unpleasant sights and sounds
  • Helps prevent an overactive gag reflex

Are There Any Side Effects to Oral-Conscious Sedation?

Your safety is our team’s top priority. Any possible side effects will be communicated with you to ensure you are informed about your decision. Most side effects that are associated with oral-conscious sedation typically fade after a few hours, and these can include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Headache
  • Nausea

In addition to these, it is normal to have limited memory from what happened during your procedure.

How Much Does Oral-Conscious Sedation Dentistry Cost?

The cost of oral-conscious sedation will depend upon the type of medication prescribed and if your insurance will help cover a portion of the cost. Since sedation dentistry can often allow for multiple treatments to be performed during the same visit, this can potentially help save the additional costs of scheduling more appointments in the future.