What are the benefits?

Oral conscious sedation helps certain patients cope more comfortably with dental appointments.

We may recommend it if you are anxious about dental appointments, have difficulty getting numb with local anesthesia, have a severe gag response, suffer from very sensitive teeth, or want to have a lot of dental work done during a single, longer appointment.

To plan the best treatment for you, we'll need to know about your current medical conditions and medications, along with any allergic reactions you've had to other medications.

What to expect

First, we may ask you to abstain from all foods and liquids for 12 hours, and then you'll take an oral medication about an hour before your appointment. Because the medication will make you groggy, you'll need a friend or relative to bring you to the office.

Once you're seated in the chair, we'll assess how deeply you're sedated, and adjust your medication if necessary to keep you comfortable. For most procedures, it will also be necessary to numb your mouth, but the oral medication you've taken will make this pain-free.

During the procedure, we'll constantly monitor your pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen levels to ensure your safety. You won't feel any pain or be aware of time passing during the procedure. You'll feel very relaxed and may even sleep, but you will respond easily to touch and our requests.

Recovery is a Dream

When your treatment is complete you may be a bit wobbly, so your companion will take you home and stay with your until you're recovered. You'll be amazed at how much you can be accomplished in such a seemingly short period of time, while you are totally relaxed, and completely comfortable. And best of all, the next day you will feel fantastic.

Hours Will Seem Like Minutes

Fortunately, sedation medications have an amnesic effect. That means you'll have very little, if any, memory of the sights, smells or sounds or your visit.

I'm nervous! What are the EXACT STEPS to the sedation process?

Step 1

Making your first appointment

This is difficult for many anxious people, so we try to make this as easy as possible.

Step 2

Welcoming visit

We gather information regarding your health and discuss with you your wants and desires. If you're comfortable, we'll take x-rays and look in your mouth. But you will never be judged or embarrassed.

Step 3

Preparing for your sedation visit

We'll give you a prescription for a sedative to take the night before your first appointment to guarantee a good night's sleep and to make sure you wake up relaxed.

Step 4

Arriving for Treatment

Your companion will bring you to the office. Additional medications will be provided to create the ultimate in relaxation. Your experienced sedation team will monitor you throughout your entire visit.

Step 5

Going home with your new smile

Your companion will take you home and stay with you until you're completely recovered from your sedation medication.

Step 6

The next day

Most patients fell no discomfort or residual effects from the dental visit and you'll be thrilled with all the compliments you will get.

Call us today at (513) 825-6111 to make an appointment.


For many, oral conscious sedation is a good choice for anxiety-free dentistry.

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