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oral Anti-anxiety medications

If you are anxious about a dental procedure, we offer oral medications as one option to ease your nervousness (nitrous oxide is another option). Oral Conscious Sedation, or OCS, utilizes oral sedative medication to significantly reduce your fears and discomfort. OCS does not require needles.

The benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation include:

  • It's very effective for mild to moderate anxiety
  • It's safe and easy
  • You can breathe and speak on your own
  • It's less expensive than IV sedation

Unlike general anesthesia, which renders patients completely unconscious, oral conscious sedation leaves you able to speak and breathe on your own. Although you will not actually be asleep, you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation - and probably won't remember much about the procedure afterwards. Your appointment will be a dream and an hour in the chair will feel like minutes.

Oral conscious sedation will put you at ease so you experience little to no discomfort; however, we will also administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you don't experience any pain. During the procedure you'll be so relaxed that you'll hardly even notice. Whether you're anxious about coming to the dentist or just too busy for multiple visits, OCS can be a great solution to getting all your dental work done during one visit.comfortably and stress-free.

You can read more about reducing your dental anxiety at this link in our Patient Education resources: