Sep 18

What Are the Side Effects of Oral Conscious Sedation?

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry Side Effects

by Bruno Lemay, D.M.D.

Woman with an attractive smileMost people understand the importance of general dentistry services, such as routine exams and cleanings, in the preservation of oral health. Still, we know that most people don’t look forward to going to the dentist. In many cases, patients experience significant anxiety before and during dental appointments. Oral conscious sedation is one way for patients to overcome this fear so that dental services can be performed while the patient remains calm and comfortable.

Oral conscious sedation dentistry is a safe and effective option for those who have been hesitant to undergo necessary dental work because of anxiety. We are happy to report that oral conscious sedation dentistry side effects are minimal, providing our Rancho Mirage, CA, Palm Springs, CA, and Palm Desert, CA patients with a truly ideal solution for issues such as dental anxiety and heightened oral sensitivity.

The Technique

Patients often worry about how sedation will be administered, how they will feel while under sedation, and the side effects they will experience afterwards. Oral conscious sedation is one of the best options for patients because it is non-invasive. Sedation is administered orally, so there is no need for any needles. Patients also take the medication prior to the appointment, so by the time they have arrived at the dental appointment, they already feel relaxed and comfortable. Patients will remain awake and alert during treatment, yet will not feel pain or anxiety. If needed, additional medication will be taken during treatment.

Side Effects

As with any medication or sedation technique, oral conscious sedation dentistry is likely to cause side effects. However, these side effects tend to be minor and do not last. It is rare for a patient to experience any major side effects from oral conscious sedation. The most typical side effects include:

  • Drowsiness: Oral conscious sedation is intended to keep the patient awake and alert throughout treatment, but most patients still feel drowsy during treatment and as the effects of the medication begin to wear off. To avoid any potential risks, patients must arrange to have a ride to and from their dental appointment if oral conscious sedation will be used.
  • Dry mouth: Immediately following treatment, patients describe a dry, sticky feeling in the mouth. This is often a short-lived side effect of oral conscious sedation.
  • Headache: Some patients may experience a mild headache after undergoing oral conscious sedation. Any pain should subside shortly, but over-the-counter pain medication can be used to control discomfort.
  • Fogginess: Many patients come out of oral conscious sedation dentistry treatment with a foggy feeling, and virtually no memory of treatment taking place. This is considered to be a positive side effect of treatment.

The side effects of oral conscious sedation are minor and should resolve within a few hours of treatment. When weighing the benefits of an anxiety-free dental appointment against the minimal side effects of oral conscious sedation, it is easy to see why so many of our patients have come to rely on this dental technique.

Schedule an Appointment

At Desert Dental Alternatives, we strive to provide every patient with a comfortable and virtually pain-free dental experience. If you’d like to learn more about oral conscious sedation dentistry and how it helps us achieve that goal, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruno Lemay at your earliest convenience.

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