What Is Oral-Conscious Sedation Dentistry?
Dentistry has made some exciting, state-of-the-art advancements in recent years, which means patients get to have a more minimally invasive experience. While the practitioners, hygienists, and dental assistants at Made Ya Smile Dental do everything we can to make patients feel comfortable in our practice, many individuals still experience a fear of the dentist, even for routine care. Our team proudly offers oral-conscious sedation as an option at our practice in The Woodlands, TX. Also known as "twilight sedation," oral-conscious sedation is an anti-anxiety medication that you take about an hour before your appointment. This prescription allows patients to be awake during their procedure but more relaxed and able to follow our instructions. If anxiety gives you hesitation about visiting our clinic, call our caring team today to schedule your next consultation.
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Is Oral-Conscious Sedation Right for Me?
Oral-conscious sedation helps patients of every age who tend to get anxious when visiting the dentist, getting a dental treatment, or having a strong gag reflex. When you make an appointment with Made Ya Smile Dental, we first schedule a consultation so we can review your medical history and give you information about sedation options. To make sure you are a candidate for oral-conscious sedation, our friendly team will ask you about any personal health conditions, medications, or supplements. We will decide on the best anti-anxiety medication and dosage to meet your needs, then call in the prescription to your local pharmacy. Patients who are pregnant, allergic to benzodiazepines, or have issues with their lungs or heart should inform our team right away.
How Does Oral-Conscious Sedation Work?
When it comes to oral-conscious sedation, there are a few different types of anti-anxiety medications that could work based on your unique situation. This depends on the length and complexity of the procedure, as well as your general health. Once we prescribe the medication, patients must remember to take it one hour before their scheduled treatment. We ask that you bring a responsible adult to drive you to and from our clinic if you decide to take oral-conscious sedation because the effects of the medication will leave you drowsy, sleepy, and with limited memory from the procedure.
What to Expect After Oral Sedation
During your consultation at our clinic in The Woodlands, TX, Made Ya Smile Dental will fully prepare you for taking oral-conscious sedation, giving you information about what to expect, as well as the side effects of the medication. Since some individuals will receive lighter or heavier dosages, the recovery time following sedation will be different for every patient. Please note that you will still need a responsible adult to drive you home following the appointment and stay with you until the effects wear off. You should not operate a car for the rest of the day due to the side effects of the medication, including drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or headaches. Made Ya Smile Dental may recommend eating a light meal before and after your treatment to minimize these effects. If you have any concerns or questions following your care, do not hesitate to give us a call right away.
Does Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry?
When you schedule your consultation at Made Ya Smile Dental, we will call your dental insurance provider to confirm your benefits and learn if oral-conscious sedation is covered in your plan. Those who have out-of-pocket costs will have plenty of options for payment. Our team proudly offers low-interest financing options through CareCredit® to make treatment more affordable so your dental care can fit comfortably within your budget.
Calm Dental Fear and Anxiety
Anxiety or fear should not stand in the way of getting the treatment you need for a healthy, confident, more beautiful smile. Made Ya Smile Dental provides oral-conscious sedation as an option at our clinic in The Woodlands, TX for patients of every age, whether you're having a simple or complex procedure. For more information about oral-conscious sedation, talk to a member of our caring team today. We are happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.