Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation in Vista

Do you wish you could take a pill and feel relaxed enough to visit the dentist, or undergo a dental procedure? This is possible with oral sedation. If you find that you feel anxious about scheduling an appointment or sitting in the dentist’s chair, Dr. Amiri will discuss our sedation options with you to determine whether oral sedation or IV sedation is more appropriate.

What is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation consists of taking sedative pills to calm your nerves at the dentist, so you can simply lie back and relax while Dr. Amiri and our team work on teeth. For oral sedation, the sedative is short acting, so you won’t be drowsy all day. People typically choose oral sedation for the following reasons:

  • Oral sedation requires no needles, which is appropriate for individuals who fear needles.
  • Administering the drug is simple, since you simply swallow a pill.
  • The sedatives used often create an “amnesic” effect, which means you may not recall the events that occurred.
  • Oral sedation is more cost-effective than IV sedation.

What Can I Expect?

We may ask you to take the prescribed sedative at home, or in the office, well before your treatment, so the sedative has time to take effect. Because oral sedation takes several hours to wear off, it is unsafe for you to drive yourself home. You will need to bring a friend with you to wait while you undergo your visit or procedure. The sedative will relax you so that you can still respond to the dentist. You will be aware of your surroundings, but will feel tranquil. You may remember only a portion, or none of the events, once the sedative wears off. The sedative wears off relatively quickly, so you may experience some grogginess, but this won’t last all day.

Am I a Good Candidate?

If you experience anxiety when planning a visit to the dentist, you are a good candidate for oral sedation. However, because most drugs have contraindications, Dr. Amiri will need to discuss your health history, current health status, and all medications you currently take to ensure that an oral sedative is safe for you. You are also an excellent candidate for oral sedation if you are afraid of needles and cannot handle IV sedation. We understand that for some patients, even talking about the dentist can bring on a case of the jitters. Our vision is to set all of our patients at ease. Please call us with your inquiries, and come in so we can discuss your sedation options for comfortable dental care.

Schedule an Appointment!

Dr. Ali Amiri and the Melrose Dental Arts team strive for clinical excellence in a comforting environment. To learn more about our high-quality family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry services, or to schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Vista, CA, today at (760) 724-9117. Dr. Amiri proudly treats patients from Vista and the surrounding areas of Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Escondido.