What is Oral Conscious Sedation?

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Jeffrey Tocci
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Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has been the owner of Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts, since 1986, when he took over the dental practice from his father. Jeffrey Tocci has several dental specialties, including cosmetic surgery and restorative therapies, and has advanced training in oral conscious sedation.

Sedation can be used in several contexts in dentistry, including surgeries and simple cleanings. For some people, going to the dentist for even a minor reason is a cause for major fear and anxiety, and in these cases conscious sedation may be able to help.

Sedation can mean the minimal relaxation that comes from inhaling nitrous oxide (or “laughing gas”) or taking a Halcion pill, which is similar to taking Valium and can cause drowsiness. Deeper sedation can be given intravenously, which allows the dentist to adjust the level of sedation continuously, and the deepest form of sedation is general anesthesia where the patient is completely unconscious.

Many forms of sedation for oral procedures are relatively safe, some of them even for children. When a patient suffers from extreme anxiety, sensitive teeth, or a bad gag reflex, oral conscious sedation with a qualified dentist may be the right choice for a painless dental experience.

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