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Oral Conscious Sedation in Phoenix

Lori Anderson, DDS and her Phoenix dental team work hard to ensure patients are comfortable in our practice from the moment they arrive, but we understand that some patients need a little extra help relaxing during treatment. For these patients, those who have difficulty numbing with local anesthesia alone, those with sensitive gag reflexes, or who need extensive treatment, we may recommend oral conscious sedation. By taking a pill at a predetermined time prior to treatment, patients are able to relax and receive the dental care they need free from anxiety and discomfort. As the name suggests, patients do not completely lose consciousness, but they enter a sleep-like state. In most cases, patients report not remembering any of their appointment, but they are still able to respond to questions and communicate with the dentist during care. Because the sedatives take effect prior to treatment and can remain in patients’ systems up to 24 hours after treatment, a trusted friend or family member will need to drive patients to and from our practice and monitor their recovery. If you have questions about oral conscious sedation, Dr. Anderson and her team are happy to help. Contact us to find out more or schedule an appointment.