Oral Sedation

A safe, economical, and convenient source of deep relaxation in the shape of a pill.
Man relaxed in a comfy chair after oral sedation treatment

What is Oral Sedation?

Feel calm and relaxed before you even sit in the dental chair.

Oral sedation can ensure a relaxing and enjoyable dental experience with our Burke dentists. Oral sedation is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Depending on the dosage given, effects can vary from minimal to moderate levels of consciousness. You may garble your words when speaking and may not remember much of your visit.

For the lower end of oral sedation, you take a pill, typically Halcion, which is a part of the same prescription family as Valium, and it is usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you feel drowsy, though you will still be conscious.

A larger dose may be given to produce a more moderate level of sedation. Some people become groggy enough from mild oral sedation to fall asleep during the treatment. They ordinarily can be awakened with a gentle movement.

Sedation dentistry is not limited to dental phobia patients alone. It is especially useful for people who have:

  • Trouble getting numb
  • Fear of needles
  • Felt uncomfortable with the sounds and smells of a dental environment
  • Felt embarrassment over the condition of their gums and teeth
  • Gag reflex
  • Requested multiple treatments into a single appointment

What if you have dental fear? Will oral sedation deter your fears of the dentist so you can get the dental work you need?

Evaluate Your Level of Dental Fear

We offer different options for sedation dentistry. Find out what's best for you.

Preview of 3 Ways Sedation Dentistry Can Defeat Your Dental Anxiety Click to play movie

Read more about how to identify your level of dental fear in our blog,
“Sedation Dentistry Can Easily Defeat Your Dental Anxiety”.

What Can You Expect with Oral Sedation

Improve your smile in the safest and most comfortable way possible.
Amnesic effects
Feeling relaxed and drowsy, your treatment will fly uneventfully by before you know it! You will have only vague memories of your appointment.
Relax before the appointment
Take your medication the night before to get a good night’s sleep and about an hour before your dental visit, so you are relaxed before the appointment even commences.
No IV needle required
If you have a fear of needles, this fact in itself can bring you relief! An oral sedative taken before your appointment means you don’t have to worry being pricked by the dentist.

‘‘I have high anxiety about going to the dentist and they’re the best about getting me through all my appointments. I’ve had crowns done with sedation, as well as typical biannual cleanings.’’

Bonnie F., Actual Patient

Oral Sedation + Compassionate Care = Total Relaxation + Healthy Smiles

Our dentists have the skills and concern to help you achieve your smile goals and overcome any obstacle.
Dr. McMillan, a Burke dentist, discussing oral sedation with patient

Sweaty hands, racing heart, jitters, canceling appointments, or procrastination in scheduling them. Does this describe you when considering a dental visit?

The emotional response of anxiety or fear from imagining a dental visit is sometimes the result of either a personal negative experience or hearing scary renditions by someone else. Perhaps it’s a dread of embarrassment should someone comment on the neglected state of your oral health.

How can our dentists help?

  • We’ll treat you with respect. Whatever the reason is for your anxiousness, do not feel ashamed. You are certainly not alone and will soon realize that at Burke Centre Dental Arts you’re treated with the compassion and respect you deserve.

  • We’re extensively trained in the field of sedation dentistry. Our dentists will give your fears and anxieties the same diagnostic consideration as your oral health itself.

  • We’ll make sure you’re safe. Be assured, our highly trained dental staff will be monitoring you throughout the procedure and never leave your side.

Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from having the confident smile or healthy mouth you’ve always wanted. Contact our Burke sedation dentistry dream team at Burke Centre Dental Arts today!

What Do You Want To Know About Oral Sedation?

Find the answers you're looking for by choosing a question below.
  • Does oral sedation hurt?

    This type of sedation dentistry is a painless administration. Before your appointment, you will take a pill and you will be relaxed before you even sit in the dental chair.

    You will be conscious and responsive throughout the entire procedure, but you will be so relaxed that you might believe the procedure took only a few minutes.

  • How does oral sedation feel?

    The anti-anxiety pills administered by our dentists bind with the receptors in your brain that are responsible for fear and tones them down a few notches. Depending on the dosage and type, you’ll experience a calming effect, drowsiness, minor amnesia, and tingling sensations.

  • Will I be able to drive home?

    No, you should not drive for 24 hours until the medication leaves your system. Someone will need to accompany you as a safe ride to and from your sedation appointment and stay with you for the remainder of the day.

Ready To Experience Oral Sedation at Your Next Visit?

You may not remember your visit, but you'll never forget the results!
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