What Is Oral-Conscious Sedation Dentistry?
Our dedicated team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX has a patient-centered philosophy and welcomes your input when it comes to your options in sedation. You may fear dental work, have anxieties about unfamiliar treatments, and how much pain your dental treatment may cause. Not to worry, we are here to listen and suggest ways to help — like using a prescription-strength medication as an oral-conscious sedative. When nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) does not seem like it is enough and IV sedation is not available, taking a dose of a mild sedative may be the answer for you. During your time in the dental chair, you may feel like you slept the entire time. The truth is that you will still be able to respond to our directions. If you would like to know more, please call and schedule a consultation with our Made Ya Smile Dental team in Kingwood for details.
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Is Oral-Conscious Sedation Right for Me?
We will ask you a series of questions about your current health, medications you are taking, any medication allergies, and if you have ever used oral-conscious for other treatments. Your dentist will make the call whether or not you are a qualifying candidate. With the gathered information, we will make recommendations on the best medications. Once selected, you will get a prescription to fill at your pharmacy. You will not be eligible to take a sedative if you are pregnant, have allergies to benzodiazepines, or have a chronic heart or respiratory condition.
How Does Oral-Conscious Sedation Work?
About an hour before your treatment, you will take the prescription sedative that your Made Ya Smile Dental dentist had you fill at the pharmacy. The type of medication you will take can depend on your level of need, length of the treatment, depth or complexity of the work being performed, and how healthy you are at that time. You may feel a little drowsy at the start of your appointment, easily fall asleep in the dentist chair, yet wake up easily once your dental work is finished.
What to Expect After Oral Sedation
No matter the dental treatment you had under oral-conscious sedation, you will not be able to drive yourself home after the appointment. Even with light dosages, you really do not need to be behind the wheel of a car. We ask you to please have a responsible adult transport you home to recover. You may also want to have this person stay with you for a few hours to make sure there are no residual side effects to the medication. Most of our patients sleep sedatives off for a few hours and wake up feeling alert. It is still a great idea to take it easy for the rest of the day. If there are problems or concerns, do not hesitate to call our office for assistance.
Does Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry?
Oral conscious sedation will most likely be a prescription sedative for you to fill at your own pharmacy. This is usually a more cost-effective opportunity than other sedation methods because you will only have to purchase a small dose.
Calm Dental Fear and Anxiety
Being a bit drowsy for a few hours and needing a ride home after an appointment may sound like a great trade to not have to fully experience an invasive dental. You can practically sleep during visits for extractions or multi-layered treatments performed at one time using oral-conscious sedation. If you would like to see if you or a family member qualifies for this type of sedation, please call and speak with one of our knowledgeable patient coordinators. We would be happy to educate you more on what is and is not available for this sedation technique. Let's not miss out on getting the healthy, confident smile you deserve because of apprehension and anxiety.