Bakersfield Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral Conscious SedationBakersfield, CA

At Brimhall Dental Group, we use Oral Conscious Sedation which is an effective technique in which the use of a drug (pill) enables the treatment to be carried out, but during which verbal contact can be maintained throughout the period of sedation with the patient.

A prescription is given to the patient for their pharmacy to fill to bring to the dentist for the procedure.

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How does oral conscious sedation work?

The oral sedative, Halcion or it’s generic form, decreases activity in the part of the brain that could control fear or anxiety. This oral conscious sedation provides a very relaxed and calm mood that allows the dentist to effectively do what they are supposed to do in the procedure.

Advantages of Oral Sedation

  • Easy to administer
  • No needles
  • Conscious during procedure – still awake and responsive during the procedure
  • Safe as sedatives are regulated by the FDA

Can you feel anything during oral conscious sedation?

Most commonly you may feel drowsiness and relaxation. Once the oral sedative takes effect, negative emotions, anxiety or stress gradually disappears. Some people feel a tingling sensation throughout the body such as your arms, legs, hands and feet.

Will Conscious Oral Sedation work for Severe Dental Fear?

Yes, absolutely. If you are scared of dental work this is a great option for our procedures with your dentist.

Getting Started

If you live in the Bakersfield area and are interested in minimizing your anxiety or dental fears, call (661) 249-1122 to schedule your appointment.

At Brimhall Dental Group, we will take the time to get to know you and understand what all of your concerns are prior to making a formal recommendation as to the type of sedation that you should consider. We will also need to know if you have any other health issues, risks, or are allergic to anything. Typically, if you have responded well to pain medication or sedation in other medical treatments, you will do well with Oral Conscious Sedation as a comfortable method and not experience any negative side effects.

With any type of dental work, it is important to be well informed and make a decision that you feel is best for your health and your goals. As such, we want you to be an informed and educated patient. Thanks to modern technology, if you are afraid of having dental work done or visiting the dentist in general, you no longer have to be. We can ensure that your experience is a positive one. Call (661) 249-1122 for more information or to get started.

Definition of Dental Terminology

Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
Dental Caries
Dental caries is also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
Dental Checkup
A dental checkup is an appointment that involves cleaning the teeth, identifying any signs of infection and removing said signs of infection at least once every six months in the office.
Dental Filling
A dental filling involves restoring the structure of the tooth by using metal, alloy, porcelain or plastic to fill the tooth.
Dental Prophylaxis
A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
Dental Sealants
Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissue that results from plaque, other infections in the mouth and poor oral hygiene.
Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
Tartar forms when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and calcifies into a hard surface that is much more difficult to remove and will require professional treatment.
Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel is the protective visible outer surface of a tooth that contains the dentin and dental pulp.