What Is Oral-Conscious Sedation Dentistry?
Dental anxiety and fear over a trip to the dentist is something that many patients experience. Some even avoid getting dental treatment altogether because of dental worries that arise from a range of sources. But with advanced technology and less invasive care, undergoing even complex dental procedures can be comfortable and even pleasant. Made Ya Smile is pleased to offer Katy, TX patients sedation dentistry solutions to help overcome dental fear and get the care needed for an outstanding smile. We offer sedation options that help places patients of all ages right at ease and a warm, welcoming environment where you can relax and enjoy your visits to the dentist.
Oral-conscious sedation is an excellent option for those who have mild to moderate dental anxiety. It is a prescription anti-anxiety medication taken an hour before your procedure. Our dentist can determine the best type of medication to use for addressing your level of worry and helping you finally relax when receiving dental care. If you have been putting dental treatment because of anxiety, please get in touch with our team right away and schedule a visit to learn more about oral-conscious sedation.
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Is Oral-Conscious Sedation Right for Me?
Oral-conscious sedation may be a good option for children, teens, and adults who are mild to moderately fearful about undergoing dental care. Those who have a strong gag reflex, multiple treatment requirements, or bad childhood experiences at the dentist may be ideal candidates for this type of sedation dentistry. Our dentist can customize oral sedation to provide varying sedative effects and help you feel relaxed, calm, and at peace. Though you may feel drowsy and even fall asleep during your procedure, you will be easy to awaken and will remain conscious with this type of twilight sedation.
Choosing oral sedation dentistry to manage your dental anxiety may not be recommended if you are pregnant, have an allergy to benzodiazepines, or have certain medical conditions such as heart disease or breathing problems. During your consultation, our dentist will talk with you about your dental anxiety and review your medical history along with any medication or supplements you take. Before the day of your visit, we will call in the appropriate anti-anxiety medication to your pharmacy.
How Does Oral-Conscious Sedation Work?
To provide a safe and relaxing experience, our dentist will customize the type of oral sedation medication and dosage to fit your needs, medical health, level of anxiety and treatment type. Our team will also let you know what to expect during the oral sedation experience and how this medication might affect you. While certain anti-anxiety medications provide a minimal amount of sedation, others can leave you more deeply relaxed and possibly with little memory of your procedure. You can pick-up your oral-conscious sedation medication from your pharmacy prior to your appointment. It should be taken an hour before your procedure is scheduled to begin. After a little while, you will start to feel a sense of calm and relaxation and may even feel sleepy, depending on the dosage. It is common for patients to drift off to sleep but if this happens, you should awaken rather easily. Some patients who receive oral-conscious sedation have little or no recollection of the actual dental procedure. Because of its significant sedative effects, oral sedation does require that you have a responsible adult drive you to and home from your visit with our office.
What to Expect After Oral Sedation
Recovering from a dental visit with oral-conscious sedation will vary among patients, based on the type of medication received and the sedative effects experienced. While some sedatives simply induce light relaxation and a calming sensation, others carry heavier effects and may cause drowsiness. However, you will still need to have someone with you to drive you home, regardless of the level of oral sedation you are given. As with any type of sedative medication, you should not operate heavy machinery or drive that day and until the effects have fully dissipated. You may find that you still feel sedated several hours after your visit. In some cases, sedative medications may cause patients to experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or headaches. Eating a small amount before your appointment along with a light meal or snack around an hour afterward can help you avoid feeling nauseous or vomiting when taking oral-conscious sedation medications. Get in touch with our Katy, TX team immediately if you have any questions or experienced side effects that linger beyond what is normal.
Does Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry?
To learn about your dental insurance coverage for oral-conscious sedation, our Made Ya Smile team will get in touch with your insurance provider. We are pleased to accept a range of easy payment options to help cover the cost of any out-of-pocket expenses. Our team wants you and your family to get the treatment needed and is here to help you find solutions to overcome your dental fear in a way that best meets your treatment needs and budget. Be sure to ask us about interest-free payment solutions during your treatment consultation.
Calm Dental Fear and Anxiety
With oral-conscious sedation, you can get the care needed and not have to worry about fear or anxiety standing in the way. Our dentist is known for providing compassionate and high-quality care and understands how having a healthy, confident smile impacts the lives of Katy, TX patients. Even if you have been avoiding the dentist and have multiple treatment needs, we can help you overcome your fear and get back to enjoying the smile that you deserve. Talk to our team right now and schedule your sedation consultation at Made Ya Smile.