Sedation Dentistry

Dentist Lexington Park, MD

At Tidewater Dental, we believe you should have a gentle, stress-free experience at each visit. That’s why we offer Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) for our patients. This medication is administered by trained and certified doctors. While under the influence of this medicine, you are closely monitored at all times. There are several excellent benefits to selecting sedation dentistry for use in your next procedure. Some of these include:

  • Sedation dentistry provides a gentle, soothing experience that can help you overcome dental anxiety or dental phobia.
  • Sedation allows your body to relax more completely, increasing the effectiveness of local anesthesia
  • Sedation reduces the sensation of passing time, which can be very useful if you need a complex procedure or multiple procedures done in a single visit.
  • Sedation’s relaxing effects also prevent your muscles from stiffening or becoming sore due to spending extended periods of time in one position.

Though it is true that the dental treatments you need can be done without sedation, we find that many of our patients are greatly helped by using Sedation Dentistry as a part of their individual oral health treatment plan.

Many patients prefer to use OCS for the deep relaxation it provides.  Though you are still able to stand, walk, or answer questions, you remain in a calm and drowsy state throughout the procedure. With OCS, many patients have found they have little memory of the procedure after the fact. For patients with dental anxiety, this can be a great benefit.

If you choose Oral Conscious Sedation, you will need someone to provide your transportation on the day of your procedure. While there are no lingering aftereffects, the sedative effect of OCS can take up to 24 hours to fully diminish.

We will gladly work with you to determine whether Sedation Dentistry is right for your needs. Call us for more information or to schedule a consultation.