Conscious sedation procedures at Loftin dental in Concord, California
Sleep Dentistry FAQ
I’m really scared to go see a dentist. What are my options?
I need a lot of work done that I’d like to do in one visit. Is that possible?
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you are fearful to get any dental treatment or just want a lot done during one appointment and are concerned about fatigue, Dr. Loftin is licensed to offer our patients Oral Conscious Sedation. What this means is that Dr. Loftin prescribes one pill (also known as a ‘happy pill’) for the evening before your appointment (to be taken after dinner & right before bed) and another to take an hour before your appointment. Please do not eat anything in the morning as you take this second pill as the medicine may not work as well, or last as long. These pills are meant to help relieve your anxiety and mildly sedate you as well.
You are asked to arrange to have someone drive you to and from our office as you will not be in any state to drive yourself. Even if you are close enough to walk, it’s best to have someone escort you as you can become easily disoriented and may forget where you’re going.
Once your appointment begins, you are monitored 100% of the time. If you need more medication, Dr. Loftin will administer additional help to ensure you are comfortable. You will be able to take direction from him and his Assistant, but you will not remember much that happened afterward. This being said, all parts of the treatment you are going to go through is reviewed in detail prior to your appointment and you are sent home with further instructions, if needed. Dr. Loftin will give you a call the next day and see how you’re feeling.