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.

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