Oral Conscious Sedation

Can you tell me what oral conscious sedation is? How can you be sedated and conscious?

Cindy C.-N.J.

Cindy,

You’ve asked a great question. I suspect when you think of sedation, you are thinking of general anesthesia. In that type of sedation you are in an induced state of unconsciousness by an anesthesiologist. This means that you have no muscle or reflex control. It also means that you’ll have tubes placed in your airway to ensure breathing.

With oral concious sedation, you take a pill shortly before your appointment. You are awake, but in a sleepy state. The procedure will be pain free. In most cases you will have no recollection of the procedure. This is a safer and less expensive means of sedation dentistry.

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Tooth knocked out

I just knocked out a tooth and I can’t reach my dentist. What do I do?

Amy R.- Salt Lake City, UT

Amy,

The sooner you can get with a dentist, the more likely you are to be able to save your tooth. I’m assuming you’ve tried ¬†your dentist’s answering service and still couldn’t reach him. If that is the case you need to find an emergency dentist. Do a quick Google search for emergency dentist salt lake city. Whichever one you pick, let them know what is going on, so they’ll be prepared when you get there. This will save valuable time and help save your tooth.

Make sure you hold the tooth by the crown (the part you can usually see). Don’t touch the root or you could damage it. You want to keep your tooth moist, so either put it in your mouth or in a glass of milk.

Good Luck!

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