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first george michaels brings oral sex into public luves, now this….

ok america i had a deep cleaning a while ago and it was VERY unpleasant, but im not sure id want to empower the nurse or technician to have complete control over my mind and body with the down side that i wont remember ANY of it.  I just nat even believe that in todays moral climate this is even being considered - alloing this opens the gate to perversion and sexual predeters

“Being oblivious to what’s transpired in the dental chair is the beauty of the approach, according to Scott. “The next thing I knew, I was home,” she says. “It was totally an answer to a prayer.”

“Though this technique has been promoted as a way to “sleep through your dental appointment,” patients are not actually asleep. They can still respond to a dentist’s questions and commands but aren’t likely to remember any of it, says Scott’s dentist, Leon Roisman of the Dental Plus Dental Group in Pasadena, Calif. Roisman has used the approach on an estimated 500 patients in the last year and a half.”

Barbara Scott’s dental phobia dates back to her early childhood days. She’s never responded well to medications used to numb the mouth before a dental procedure, so she’d endure drilling and filling without the benefit of full pain relief. “I can remember sitting there with tears running down my face,” she says.Those experiences were the stuff of nightmares. Throughout her adult life, Scott, an executive secretary in Southern California, would suffer panic attacks at the thought of going to the dentist. So she’d postpone visits and the dental problems would only get worse. “It’s a vicious cycle,” she says.

When she would finally muster up the courage to get help, dentists would spend up to two hours giving her Novocain shots to try to get her mouth numb, with mixed results. A bad gag reflex only compounded the problem.

Now in her early 50s, Scott is still terrified of the dental chair but her fears are finally easing up thanks to an anxiety-relieving approach called oral conscious sedation that’s gaining steam in dental offices around the country.

‘Answer to a prayer’
Earlier this year, Scott badly needed some dental work, including a root canal and several crowns for cracked and decaying teeth that were at risk of soon being beyond repair. “I’d put off going to the dentist for as long as possible,” she says.

She had no choice but to get her teeth taken care of and was planning to take a rather drastic step ˇ general anesthesia, in which she’d be completely knocked out ˇ to do so.

Then she heard about oral conscious sedation, commonly referred to as sedation dentistry. With this approach, anxious patients take a sedative pill such as Halcion about an hour before their dental appointment to help them relax. When the patient gets to the office, the dentist may give more pills, depending on how well the first one worked.

Though this technique has been promoted as a way to “sleep through your dental appointment,” patients are not actually asleep. They can still respond to a dentist’s questions and commands but aren’t likely to remember any of it, says Scott’s dentist, Leon Roisman of the Dental Plus Dental Group in Pasadena, Calif. Roisman has used the approach on an estimated 500 patients in the last year and a half.

Being oblivious to what’s transpired in the dental chair is the beauty of the approach, according to Scott. “The next thing I knew, I was home,” she says. “It was totally an answer to a prayer.”

Safety concerns
But not everyone thinks oral conscious sedation is a gift from heaven. And the problems may go beyond the difficulties an escort could face in getting the drugged patient to the office willingly and injury-free, some say.

The American Dental Association doesn’t take issue with dentists administering a single dose of Halcion or similar drugs like Valium. However, the group is concerned about multiple doses that could potentially give patients too much of a drug, causing them to be overly sedated—possibly even unconscious.

‘Because there is such a wide variability in how rapidly or how slowly patients absorb drugs by the oral route, the ADA believes there is increasing potential for sedating patients to a level that is deeper than the dentist intended.’

ˇ Joel Weaver
dentist and ADA spokesperson

Patients metabolize pills differently, so some may not become adequately sedated right away. “It may take 20 minutes, it may take an hour, it may take two hours,” says ADA spokesperson Joel Weaver, a professor of clinical anesthesiology at Ohio State University.

That’s in sharp contrast to inhaled or intravenous sedation, where the effects are almost instantaneous.

Weaver says a dentist who gives multiple pills may cause an overdose if all the medicine kicks in at once.

“Because there is such a wide variability in how rapidly or how slowly patients absorb drugs by the oral route, the ADA believes there is increasing potential for sedating patients to a level that is deeper than the dentist intended,” he says.

Compounding the problem, most dentists arenÝt trained in the use of intravenous sedation, so they donÝt have the appropriate equipment and skills to quickly and effectively reverse an overdose of pills in an unconscious patient, he says.

But Roisman maintains that oral conscious sedation does not pose such danger, and he’s given as many as five Halcion pills to patients during dental sessions that may last as long as six or seven hours ˇ allowing for multiple procedures that otherwise might require several office visits.

“It is a very, very safe drug,” he says, and patients are carefully monitored during procedures to make sure their heart rate is healthy and enough oxygen is pumping through their bodies.


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