Not every patient can tolerate treatment with just local anesthetic. For these patients, Dr. Lea and Studebaker can offer moderate oral conscious sedation. This option can make your experience much less stressful. This is a wonderful option for patients with:

  1. dental anxiety
  2. gag reflex
  3. dislike for feeling numb
  4. inability to maintain numbness
  5. difficulty opening
  6. intolerance for lengthy procedures

Oral Conscious Sedation

We can gladly offer oral conscious sedation so long as your medical history does not present any potential complications. Please note that this is a moderate sedation option. Patients may sleep when not provoked, patients can respond to questions when asked, and patients can tell us if they need to use the restroom. There is a bit of an amnesia quality to the medications that we would dispense so patients may not recall everything about their visit or that day.

To qualify for oral conscious sedation, Dr. Lea and Dr. Studebaker will need to meet you at a separate consultation. Concluding this consultation, we could appoint you for treatment with this option on a different day. You will need a ride to and from our office and your chaperone must stay with you following the appointment. Please note that you may take an Uber, Lyft, or taxi to the appointment, but you must have someone you know take you home and stay with you.

Typical oral sedation instructions include:

  1. No eating after midnight
  2. For your dinner before midnight, please eat a low-fat meal containing mostly lean protein and carbs
  3. Take your prescribed medication at bedtime to ensure that you have a good night’s sleep
  4. On the day of treatment, you may have ONLY water and any pre-approved critical medications (blood pressure medications, antibiotics)
  5. No stimulants (coffee, cigarettes, Adderall, Vyvanse, etc.)
  6. Wear short sleeves. This is so we can monitor your blood pressure.
  7. Do not wear nail polish. This is so we can monitor your oxygen.

Following treatment:

  1. Follow post-op instructions for your tooth. This is specific to the procedure you had
  2. No opioid pain medications for the remainder of the day. We do not want to add to the sedation you already received.
  3. Do not drink alcohol, operate a vehicle (or heavy machinery), be the primary caregiver to anyone
  4. Do not plan to work, sign any legal documents, and please do not shop online
  5. Stay on schedule with any recommended anti-inflammatories
  6. You may eat and drink immediately following treatment, just be careful not to bite yourself as you will be numb.

IV Sedation

If you have a complicated medical history and it would be unsafe to orally sedate you, we work with talented anesthesiologists who can provide IV sedation in our office. IV sedation is a deeper sedation option and the only option if a patient wants, prefers, or needs to be fully “asleep.” Please mention IV sedation to one of our patient care coordinators when you call to schedule your appointment and we will gladly discuss this option with you at greater length.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our office at 206-633-3636 today!