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Conscious Sedation – Oral Sedation

Our Bay Shore NY Dental Clinic offers sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to, and during, a dental appointment. The pharmacological agents usually belong to a class of drugs called sedatives, which exert their action by depressing the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with conscious awareness.


There are different degrees of central nervous system depression, each corresponding to a level of relaxation which ranges from minimal, moderate, to deep sedation. In general, minimal sedation refers to a patient who has reduced anxiety but readily responds to verbal or physical stimulation. With moderate sedation the patient is even more relaxed, and will respond to purposeful stimulation. In deep sedation, the patient may not exhibit any signs of consciousness and therefore be unresponsive to stimulation.

What is Conscious Sedation?
Conscious sedation utilizes an oral sedative medicine which serves to help relax our patients by slowing down the action of the central nervous system. Patients stay aware of their surroundings, but are less receptive to external stimulation's,...
Exactly How are Oral Sedatives Administered?
Oral sedative medication is delivered to patients a variety of ways including swallowing the medication by mouth, or placing the medication under the tongue where it will dissolve on its own. We will either arrange for you to take the medication...
What Exactly Will I Feel After Taking the Sedatives?
Most patients feel calm and more loosened up right after taking their oral sedative medication. Patient’s that are afraid of the dentist benefit from taking oral sedative medication because when you are completely relaxed yet still...
Are There Side Effects From Conscious Oral Sedative Medication?
No prescribed medication is completely without risk. Patients may also react differently to certain medications. For this reason we will go over a series of questions with you regarding your overall health and any of the other over-the-counter,...
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