About Oral-Conscious Sedation
At Fairfield Dental Care and Orthodontics in Cypress, TX, our dentists administer oral-conscious sedation to patients for some invasive procedures or to help patients who have anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist's office. Oral-conscious sedation is taken as a pill about an hour before their appointment. The pill can be prescribed as a light or moderate sedation, depending on the patient’s needs and the procedure that is performed. Light sedation can make the patient feel drowsy, but they don't usually fall asleep. Medium sedation is used for more invasive procedures to help the patient become drowsy and the patient can go into a light sleep. While different sedation methods may be changed during the procedure, the level of oral-conscious sedation cannot be changed.
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What to Expect
Our dentists will meet with the patient to thoroughly review their medications, medical history, and allergies to decide if the patient qualifies for oral-conscious sedation. If oral-conscious sedation is chosen, our dentists will prescribe the pill for the patient to take around one hour prior to their procedure. The patient won't be allowed to drive before or after their appointment, because the patient will be awake, but in a tranquil state. During the procedure, the patient will be able to listen to our dentists and to comply with any instructions. Some patients may lose consciousness throughout the procedure, but they can be gently woken when the procedure is finished.
Patients aren't allowed drive for the next day after taking oral-conscious sedation, so our dentists recommend that every patient have a reliable person to take them home following their appointment. Although the patient usually stays awake during the procedure, the sedation often causes temporary memory loss. Oral-conscious sedation is on the whole safe, but some patients may experience short-term stomach trouble. Any unusual side effects or lasting discomfort should be told to our dentists at Fairfield Dental Care and Orthodontics immediately.
Based on the patient’s dental insurance coverage, some or all of the expense of oral-conscious sedation may be covered. Fairfield Dental Care and Orthodontics will communicate with the patient’s dental insurance provider before the procedure to determine their insurance coverage and personal cost. Our dentists at Fairfield Dental Care and Orthodontics take several forms of payment and we will help connect patients to financing options.
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If you are having a longer procedure at Fairfield Dental Care and Orthodontics or if you miss your annual exams and twice yearly cleaning because of anxiety, oral-conscious sedation or another sedation techniques can help you to remain relaxed and comfortable during your appointment at Fairfield Dental Care and Orthodontics. For more info, schedule a consultation with our dentists and discover more regarding sedation choices, including oral-conscious sedation.