What Is Oral-Conscious Sedation Dentistry?
Today, visiting the dentist is more comfortable than ever because of minimally invasive techniques and innovative, advanced technologies. Though dental procedures are much easier to undergo than in years past, some patients still are fearful of the dentist and may avoid visiting the dentist because of anxiety. We care about our patients with anxiety at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress, and we offer oral-conscious sedation to help our Houston, TX patients get the care they need for a confident, healthy smile. A mild to moderate anti-anxiety medication, oral-conscious sedation is taken by mouth an hour before you arrive at our office for your procedure. With this form of sedation dentistry, you can receive support to overcome the fear that may be keeping you from much-needed treatment to improve your smile. Schedule a visit with our caring dentist to find out more about oral-conscious sedation and take the next step on your journey to better oral health.
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Is Oral-Conscious Sedation Right for Me?
If you are fearful of receiving dental care because of childhood experiences, have a strong gag reflex, or experience other fears and concerns, you may benefit from oral conscious sedation. Also called twilight sedation, oral-conscious sedation can be mild or moderate depending on your individual needs and whether simple or complex procedures are being performed. This type of sedation uses a range of prescription anti-anxiety medications prescribed by our dentist to elicit varying degrees of sedation. You will usually be technically awake when under oral sedation, and certain medications will let you just feel relaxed while others may make you feel very sleepy. If you do fall asleep during your treatment, it will be easy to wake you to follow our directions if necessary. To find out if oral-conscious sedation is right for you, we will ask you to provide information about your medical history and any medication or supplements you take regularly. Our dentist will call in a prescription for the type of sedative medication that best suits your needs and anxiety. Contraindications for oral sedation may include allergies to benzodiazepine medications, respiratory or heart illnesses, or pregnancy.
How Does Oral-Conscious Sedation Work?
Our dentist can prescribe the right dose of oral-conscious sedation that is tailored to meet your health and anti-anxiety needs, whether you need a minimal dose or a deeper level of sedation. The dosage of sedation medication will be based on the extent of your anxiety or fear, your general health, and the type of procedure being performed. We will send your prescription to your preferred pharmacy, and you should take it an hour before your appointment. You will begin to feel calm, relaxed, and possibly sleepy as the medication sets in. You may remember only a little of the details around your procedure. Though you may fall asleep in the dental chair, it should be easy to wake you up at the end of the procedure. We require that an adult drives you to your visit when you receive oral-conscious sedation who will also drive you home.
What to Expect After Oral Sedation
When you visit Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress for your treatment consultation, our dentist will talk with you about the type of medication you will need to enjoy a comfortable and stress-free visit. We will go over the details of how the sedation will affect you, what you can expect, and advise you of any possible side effects. Patients experience varied effects during the recovery phase following oral sedation, because certain medications offer only light sedation and others cause deeper effects. Whatever kind of oral-conscious sedation you receive, it is necessary that you have someone drive you home following your visit and that you avoid driving a car or operating heavy machinery for the remainder of the day, as some of the sedative effects may linger. Side effects like nausea, dizziness, headaches, and vomiting can occur with anti-anxiety medication, and we suggest eating a light meal prior to your visit and a small snack an hour after to reduce the occurrence of nausea. Please call our Houston, TX team right away if you have side effects that do not go away.
Does Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry?
The Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress team will get in touch with your insurance provider to learn if oral-conscious sedation is among your covered benefits. We accept several convenient payment options, like low-interest plans through CareCredit®, to help you to take care of the cost of your treatment in a way that supports both your budget and oral health needs. Ask us today about easy payment solutions for you and your family.
Calm Dental Fear and Anxiety
At Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress, we do not want our patients to feel that dental anxiety is keeping them from enjoying a beautiful and healthy smile, which is why we provide oral-conscious sedation. Our dentist and the caring Made Ya Smile team are known for offering exceptional dental services in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. We want even those who are most fearful of the dentist to feel relaxed and welcomed during their treatment at our modern Houston, TX family practice. For your simple or complex dental concerns, we invite you to call Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress today and find out if oral-conscious sedation is your solution to better dental health.