Dr. Briese is pleased to offer Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) to his patients. Everyone knows going to the dentist is stressful. Years of neglect, past experiences, or painful teeth often make people delay treatment until the last minute. Many people become apprehensive weeks before their appointment just from the anticipation. We understand your concern, but most importantly, we can address it and give you a positive experience.
Oral Conscious Sedation uses sedative medications either taken before the appointment or administered in the office. OCS is designed to relax the patient, remove anxiety, and make the appointment much more comfortable. Patients are not “put under.” Patients remain awake and responsive throughout the procedure; however, many will not remember the appointment despite being completely awake.
Is OCS Safe?
Yes. As with any medication, risks are associated, so please provide an accurate and up-to-date medical history along with current medication use. OCS uses small doses of benzodiazepines to promote relaxation and relieve anxiety. In general, these drugs are extremely safe, non-addictive, and pose little risk of adverse reaction. Drugs used in OCS are eliminated quickly from the body, so patients can expect little hangover effect.
Can I Drive to my Appointment?
Absolutely NOT. Patients who elect to use OCS must have a driver bring them to and from the appointment. Drivers should expect to remain at the office until the completion of the appointment.
How Much Time Should I Take Off?
At least a day or two. Patients undergoing OCS will receive an early morning appointment. After the appointment is finished, we encourage you to go home and relax for the remainder of the day. Do not drive or engage in heavy activity for 24 hours.