What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?
Oftentimes, patients are hesitant to schedule a dental appointment due to anxiety about pain levels or the procedure itself. Fortunately, Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra are able to quell these fears through the means of oral sedation dentistry. We utilize a variety of oral medications in order to keep patients calm and comfortable throughout their scheduled procedure. This is a viable option for anyone in need of sedation but hoping to avoid needles or gas. Contact our office in Dallas, TX today to learn more about this treatment before scheduling your appointment with Dr. Kenneth Hamlett or Dr. Salvator La Mastra.
What Are The Benefits Of Oral Sedation Dentistry?
For those who cringe at the sound of a drill or simply want an extra layer of comfort, oral sedation dentistry offers a number of great benefits to make your experience more enjoyable, including:
- No injections
- Oral sedation is given in a pill
- Relieves anxiety, fear, and nervousness
- Creates relaxation and tranquility
- Can reduce discomfort
- Safe and effective FDA-approved medication
Who is a candidate for oral sedation dentistry?
Dental anxiety is one of the most common reasons why patients choose to receive oral sedation. If you have been avoiding the dentist due to fear or apprehension, this solution may be right for your needs. Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra can assess your case and help determine if oral sedation is the best way to help you feel comfortable during your next procedure. A review of your medical history may be involved. We also offer other sedation options like nitrous oxide sedation and IV sedation dentistry if needed.
"Dr. La Mastra is super cool and amazing, especially for someone who has dental phobia like me. I've been with him for years and followed him to his new place recently. He did my implant and crown which was a great experience. Dr. La Mastra is caring and I feel relaxed when he enters the room. The entire staff is friendly and helpful. His assistant Cindy is fun and conversational, my hygienist Cindy (same name) makes teeth cleaning comfortable and informative when it comes to oral care and Parker at the front desk makes you feel like family. Always a good experience!"- K.M. / Google / Aug 04, 2021
"Carol the hygienist and Dr La Mastra are top notch. I avoided the dentist most of my life because I was afraid - but the entire office is super nice and welcoming."- L.W. / Google / Oct 06, 2021
"I came to Texas 11 years ago and have been using Dr. Hamlett ever since. He has done extensive work in my mouth including restoration after having implant. I am not an easy patient to work on since I have a fear of dentist. Dr. Hamlett and his staff have always taken this into account and handled me with extra care and compassion. I will always remember Dr. Hamlett and his team fondly.Hugs,Teresa Taylor"- T.T. / Yelp / Jun 15, 2021
"Dr. Hamlett has been my dentist for many years, and has done various procedures for my dental health. He has always done an excellent, professional job. He is kind, and terrific at making each treatment as comfortable and pleasant as possible. It is important to me that I trust him.I highly recommend him!"- D.H. / Google / Jun 06, 2021
"I have been going to Dr. Hamlett for many years. He is professional, kind, and knows what he is doing! He has performed a number of services for me, and has always done an incredible job. I am always a little anxious getting dental work, but he makes it so much easier and much more pleasant. I trust him, and that is important to me! "- D. / Healthgrades / Jun 06, 2021
How is Oral Sedation Dentistry Performed?
For oral sedation, Dr. Hamlett or Dr. La Mastra will prescribe a sedative in pill form that you will take prior to your appointment. An oral sedative has light-to-moderate effects and will usually leave you feeling very relaxed but still able to respond to our doctors and team during your procedure. The effects usually linger for a while after your treatment so you will need to arrange a ride home. You should feel completely normal by the next morning and return to your regular activities.
What Should I Expect After Oral Sedation?
The amount of time it will take to recover from sedation will depend on the kind of medication used for the procedure. Regardless, you will need someone to take you home and stay with you for at least 2 – 4 hours. You will not be capable of driving a vehicle until the following day after you have slept off the medication. Dr. Hamlett or Dr. La Mastra will talk to you at your consultation about the potential side effects of the medication prescribed for you. In most circumstances, patients report dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and headaches after oral-conscious sedation. The risk of vomiting and/or nausea can be minimized by consuming a light meal prior to taking the medication and eating a small snack about one hour after your procedure. Contact our team if you have any lingering side effects or if you have questions after your procedure.
Oral Sedation Dentistry FAQ
Is oral sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, it is. The medications used for oral sedation dentistry are all FDA-approved and used widely in medicine and dentistry and are safe for the majority of patients, especially when administered and monitored by experienced doctors like Dr. La Mastra and Dr. Hamlett.
Can I drive home after oral sedation dentistry?
No, often there are lingering effects from oral sedation — so Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra recommend having someone drive you home after your procedure.
What is typically used for oral sedation?
There are a number of medications used for oral sedation dentistry, which can include: diazepam, lorazepam, triazolam, midazolam, zolpidem, and zaleplon. During your consultation, Dr. Hamlett or Dr. La Mastra will talk to you about your medical history and what oral sedation options are right for you.
How long does it take for oral sedation to work?
Oral sedation can take different times depending on body size and mass, but typically, oral sedation will begin to work within 30 – 60 minutes as the body metabolizes the medication.
A painless, Comfortable Dental Experience
Oral sedation dentistry is an effective way to keep your mouth numb and your mind at ease during your dental procedure at our facility in Dallas, TX. If you'd like to avoid needles or gas during your treatment, oral sedation could be beneficial for you. Contact Drs. Hamlett and La Mastra today to inquire about this service. Our staff is always available to listen to your questions and concerns.