About 85% of the US population suffers from some type of fear or anxiety related to dentistry, but this becomes a serious problem when it prevents patients from receiving the oral healthcare that they need. Unlike many other medical conditions that can get better with time, dental issues will only get worse if left untreated. So, when fearful patients skip even their routine checkups and cleanings, they’re putting themselves at risk for much more extensive and expensive procedures in the future. Thankfully, Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski offers oral conscious sedation to provide his patients with a way to stay relaxed while in the dental chair.
Oral conscious sedation is an effective, extremely safe, and modern technique of anesthesia through the use of oral medications (pills). With this form of sedation, your memory, anxiety levels, and perception of pain are greatly reduced, and you become very relaxed and comfortable during your dental care. Most people that have experienced oral conscious sedation think they have been asleep because they cannot remember anything that went on from the time the sedation was started to the time that they left the office.
About an hour before your dental treatment, you’ll take a small pill that will kick in once you’re comfortable in our dental chair. This pill will ease your sense of fear, which creates a happy, relaxing, and subdued feeling. While its effects will wear off later on in the day, it’s best to have someone to bring you to and from our practice because this medication will affect your ability to drive.
For most people who are nervous, our team's friendly manner, comfortable amenities, and gentle approach to dentistry are enough to help them feel relaxed. For a fearful few, however, no amenities or gentleness can ease their jittery feelings. That’s why Dr. Michalski offers oral conscious sedation as a solution.
Any reasonably healthy person can have sedation dentistry with ANY procedure, including teeth cleanings, implant dentistry, oral surgery, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, or other dental treatments available at our office.
Our sedation dentist in Rocky Hill may recommend oral conscious sedation if you have dental anxiety or any related issues, including:
Essentially you are awake, but you will remember very little and feel no discomfort. What you do recall will not be unpleasant. For example, most people do not recall or feel any part of the dental procedures performed under sedation, including numbing the teeth. When your visit is over, the effects of the sedatives may last for several hours and you may be groggy most of the day; however, the sedatives will not make you sick to your stomach.
Yes, but it is very important that you let us know about any and all medications you are taking (including alcohol) and any medical problems that you may have had so that the sedation procedure can be altered to reflect your special needs. For some, a consultation with your physician will be helpful in preventing unanticipated problems.