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Sedation Dentistry – Waco, TX

Enjoy a More Relaxing Dental Experience

Patient preparing for sedation dentistry in Waco

At Premier Family Dental, Dr. Cofer understands that undergoing treatment of any kind can be difficult for some. Both children and adults often experience dental anxiety, causing them to forgo appointments and neglect their oral healthcare over time. As a result, this often leads to serious problems that require time and money to fix. If you struggle to feel comfortable visiting the dentist’s office because of a previous traumatic experience, a sensitive gag reflex, or even the inability to sit still because of a physical disability, sedation dentistry in Waco may be the solution for you. Offering oral conscious sedation, Dr. Cofer can help you feel more relaxed during your next appointment, allowing you to receive the treatment you need for a healthier smile. Contact us today to find out more about this unique method of sedation.

How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

Child undergoing oral conscious sedation in Waco

At Premier Family Dental, Dr. Cofer uses the Halcion pill when administering oral conscious sedation. This method of treatment requires you to take a prescribed oral medication about an hour before your appointment. Once in your system, it will take a little bit of time before you begin to feel its effects. The use of Halcion, which is a type of sleeping pill, can help to reduce your anxiety and become more comfortable while undergoing dental treatment.

Not only is it safe and effective for children and adults, but according to the National Institute of Health, it is great for procedures that may require several hours to complete (between 2-4). If necessary, your dentist may provide you with an extra dose depending on the duration of your treatment.

One of the great benefits of Halcion is that you will be unlikely to remember much, if anything, from your visit, so your anxiety and fears regarding the dentist’s office will be significantly lessened for future appointments.

It is necessary, however, that you have someone escort you to and from the dentist’s office, as it does take time for the effects to wear off.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Person taking oral conscious medication in Waco

If you are a patient who has experienced or is currently experiencing any of the following situations, there is a good chance you’ll be eligible to receive sedation dentistry:

  • Past traumatic experience at a dentist’s office
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Inability to sit for extended periods due to a physical disability
  • Fear of needles
  • Inability to be sedated using other methods
  • Have moderate dental anxiety that prevents you from seeking regular oral healthcare
  • You require multiple dental procedures during one visit

It is important that you inform your sedation dentist in Waco about your medical history before receiving oral conscious sedation. If you are taking any current medications, you may be required to stop taking them for a specified period before your appointment.