Sedation in Jacksonville

What is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Oral conscious sedation is a method of sedation where a dental patient is sedated via medication in the form of a pill that is taken before the dental appointment. While patients will not be unconscious such as under general anesthesia, they will be very relaxed during the appointment and may not remember anything that happened. 

This makes the dental procedure smoother and faster for both the patient and the dentist. When choosing to be orally sedated, you must have someone else drive you to and from your dental appointment. You will not be able to drive when taking this medication.

Oral sedation can be used for any dental treatment, even for dental cleanings. Contact your dentist in Jacksonville now to discuss if oral sedation is right for you. If you decide you would like oral sedation for your next dental appointment, inform Dr. Mariam Barikbin before your appointment.

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If you have a strong gag reflex when seeking treatment on teeth further back in the mouth, sedation can suppress the gag reflex.

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how it works: The oral conscious sedation process

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During your consultation, your Jacksonville dentist will go over your medical history and determine if oral sedation is right for you. The dentist will explain what is involved and what you can expect to happen during your treatment.

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You will be given medication in the form of a pill that you will take before your dentist appointment. You will need someone to drive you to your appointment because you can not drive under these conditions. You will soon feel much more relaxed.


How long it takes for the oral sedative to kick in varies depending on the person and is not as predictable as IV sedation. It could take between 30 to 60 minutes. The dentist will then begin working on your teeth once you’ve fallen into a relaxed state.


Upon completion of your dental treatment, you likely won’t remember a thing. You need to arrange for someone else to drive you home because you still will not be able to drive.

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Oral sedation has many benefits, the most sought after are the relief it offers from dental anxiety by inducing you into a very relaxed state and making you forget what happened during your appointment.

Other benefits include the suppression of the gag reflex, a smoother and easier treatment that allows your dentist to get more work done with fewer appointments, and limited mobility which helps kids and people with conditions that experience symptoms of restlessness to be able to sit through their appointment.


Patients may be interested in being sedated during their dental appointment because they have dental anxiety, have experienced trauma in a dental setting, have difficulty remaining still for long periods, have low pain tolerance, a strong gag reflex, or other reasons. 


It is an anti-anxiety medication in the form of a pill, most commonly a benzodiazepine.

Did you know…

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About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.

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Have questions about implant dentistry? Find answers here. 

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How are dental implants made?

A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist in Jacksonville, FL places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab. 

There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.

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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. 

However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years. 

Can dental implants get infected?

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It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery. 

You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed. 

Will dental implants stop bone loss?

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Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy. 

When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.

Can dental implants be done in one day?

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Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary. 

As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.

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Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.

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