Oral sedation involves the administration of sedative drugs through a pill taken orally. This form of sedation is primarily used to help patients relax during their dental procedures. Depending on the dosage given, the sedation can range from minimal, where you are relaxed but awake, to moderate, where you may become groggy enough to fall asleep during the procedure.

When you choose oral sedation, our dentist will prescribe a pill to be taken about an hour before your dental appointment. The timing can vary based on the specific drug prescribed and the nature of your procedure. Once the medication takes effect, you will feel significantly more relaxed and comfortable. Some patients become relaxed enough to sleep through their treatment with Dr. Scott Johnson, while others remain awake but in a peaceful state of calm.

Oral sedation offers several benefits, making dental visits a less daunting experience for those who dread them. First, it significantly reduces dental anxiety, allowing you to receive the necessary care without undue stress. Second, it can make longer procedures feel shorter, as you are less likely to be aware of the passage of time while sedated. Additionally, it helps in managing gag reflexes, which can interfere with the ability to perform certain dental treatments effectively.

Before your treatment, we will conduct a thorough review of your medical history and discuss any medications you are currently taking to ensure that oral sedation is a safe option for you. We are committed to personalized care and this includes choosing the right type of sedation based on your specific needs.

On the day of your procedure, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from our office because the sedative effects can last for several hours. Post-procedure, it is common to feel a bit drowsy until the medication fully wears off. Most of our patients resume their normal activities by the next day.

Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. Our team is trained in sedation dentistry and will monitor you closely during and after the procedure to ensure your wellbeing. We follow strict guidelines to provide a safe, welcoming environment where you can receive care at ease.

At Optima Dental Care, we understand that visiting the dentist can be a source of anxiety for many. By offering oral sedation in Post Falls, Idaho, we hope to remove some of these barriers, allowing you to achieve and maintain optimal oral health in the most comfortable way possible. If you have any questions about oral sedation or wish to discuss whether it is the right option for you, please feel free to reach out to us at 208-773-5121.