Oral sedation, also called conscious sedation, involves the taking of a prescribed dose of sedative medication, in pill form, before your procedure in order to reduce anxiety related to the experience. An initial dose is usually taken approximately one hour before the dental procedure. Treatment may include additional dosing on the night preceding the procedure, to help with anxiety-related insomnia. Ultimately, the amount of medication taken will be decided by your dentist, and it will depend on your specific case; the dental procedure, your body mass, the length of your appointment, and your comfort level. This type of sedation significantly relaxes you, while you remain awake, helping to alleviate any stress and anxiety.