About Oral-Conscious Sedation
When the anxiety that you feel towards the dentist's office or dental procedures is overwhelming, Beyond Smiles Dental Care in Fort Worth, TX can help. We provide and recommend oral-consious sedation to patients with heavy anxiety towards dental procedures. Under the watchful eye of our board-certified dentist, Dr. Edwina Evangelista, this moderately sedated state is created when a pill is taken by the patient about an hour prior to their procedure. There are a variety of medication types that can be used for this sedation technique, varying in strengths. Patients will feel drowsy and relaxed, but awake during their procedures leaving them at ease, but still able to follow basic directions. Patients that choose this sedation technique may need a friend or family member to drive them home after their procedure.
What to Expect
Before oral-conscious sedation is given, the patient should meet with Dr. Evangelista to thoroughly review the patient’s medical history, current medications, and any drug allergies. If it’s determined that a patient is a good candidate, Dr. E will go over sedation options. If oral-conscious sedation is chosen, the pill will be taken 1 hour prior to the procedure. The pill will produce a tranquil state and the feeling will last throughout the procedure and several hours afterwards, so the patient will require an escort to drive him or her home. Since the patient is still conscious throughout the procedure, he or she should be alert enough to hear the dentist and respond to instructions. If a patient feels groggy and falls asleep, a simple shake should rouse the patient to wakefulness.
After oral-conscious sedation is taken, a patient should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following the procedure. In some cases, the patient may remember little or nothing about the particular dental procedure, though memory will be intact for the rest of the day’s events. Since a pain-reliever, such as a local anesthetic, is usually administered prior to the procedure, most patients report little or no pain or discomfort after the dental work. For the most part, oral-conscious sedatives are considered quite safe and most patients can tolerate them well with no side effects. In some instances, patients may feel nauseous or vomit after taking the sedative.
Based on the strength of the oral-conscious sedative, the price can range anywhere from $200 to $400. Depending on the patient’s insurance coverage, some, if not all, of the cost can be covered. Our office can check ahead of time to see what’s covered and what’s not if the patient provides their insurance information.
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When it’s time to visit Beyond Smiles Dental Care and you feel more than a few butterflies in your stomach, then it’s the right time to call our office to schedule your consultation. Dr. Evangelista can discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about our sedation techniques.