Oral Conscious Sedation or “Sleep Dentistry” is used to achieve a mild to moderate level of relaxation. It has been used as a means of sedation dentistry for many years. 

This type of sedation is achieved using prescription anti-anxiety medications belonging to the “benzodiazepine” family. Medications such as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan are used to decrease the activity in the brain that causes anxiety and fear. These medications induce calm and relaxation including drowsiness and even sleep. 

The goal of Oral Conscious Sedation is to use as little medication as possible to achieve an adequate level of sedation in order to allow the completion of dental procedures. With this form of sedation, one or more medications are taken prior to the scheduled appointment. During treatment, the level of sedation is monitored and at any time, additional medication may be administered. If necessary, an antidote to reverse the effects of the medications may also be administered. Oral Conscious Sedation is very safe and can help may patients overcome dental anxiety or phobia. This allows patients to undergo dental treatment while very calm, relaxed, and comfortable, possibly even drifting in and out of sleep.  


ADVANTAGES of oral conscious sedation

  • Very easy administration by swallowing a pill. No needles in your hand or arm like with IV Sedation
  • May be able to complete a larger treatment plan in fewer visits saving patients time
  • There may be some mild amnesia experienced and the patient may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during the appointment

If you experience higher levels of anxiety when visiting the dentist, you may be a candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation. Drs. Malatesta and Valerio are New York State certified to administer oral conscious sedation, commonly referred to as “Sleep Dentistry.” Call today to set up a consultation.