With advancements being made in the dental industry every day, oral treatment has become much more precise, streamlined, and less invasive. Despite the improvements in technique and technology, some patients still have strong fears of visiting their general dentist, which can negatively impact their oral health. Thankfully, our team at Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX has a solution: oral-conscious sedation. This type of sedation comes in the form of a prescribed mild anti-anxiety medication. To achieve the desired calming effect, the medication should be taken an hour before your dental visit. Oral-conscious sedation helps many patients overcome the mental hurdle that comes with visiting the dentist, which can even affect routine check-ups and dental cleanings. If know you need to overcome your dental-related anxieties to receive the oral care you need and maintain your dental health, contact our office and speak to our experienced dentist Dr. Eric Capps about your options for oral-conscious sedation.
If you experience significant oral fears that prevent you from seeing the dentist regularly, then you may be a candidate for oral-conscious sedation. Also called twilight sedation, this form of sedation can be mild or moderate depending on your unique needs, levels of anxiety, and what kind of treatment you're set to receive. The specific brand you are prescribed will also vary based on your individual situation. Although you will be awake while under the effects of oral-conscious sedation, different medications cause different sensations. One brand might make a person feel sleepy, while another could just allow a patient to feel relaxed. To determine if this type of sedation is right for you, Dr. Capps will ask you a series of questions regarding your medical history and any medications you're taking. You may not qualify to receive oral-conscious sedation if you are pregnant, have respiratory or heart illnesses, or if you have an allergy to benzodiazepines.
What To Expect
To determine which medication is right for your needs, Dr. Capps will talk with you one-on-one and ask you a series of questions. The medication you receive will depend on the root of your dental fears, your overall level of anxiety, your health, and the type of treatment you are set to receive, which could be anything from a bi-annual tooth cleaning to a root canal. Once we have determined the current brand and dosage for you, we will contact your preferred pharmacy and give them your medication information. Oral-conscious sedation should be taken an hour before your scheduled appointment time. Once it takes effect, you should start to feel relaxed, calm, and maybe sleepy. You will need a reliable adult to transport you to and from your dental appointment when you are under the influence of anti-anxiety medication.
After taking oral-conscious sedation, your side effects may vary depending on the type of medication you have received. A member of our team will go over what you can expect to experience following your treatment. Regardless of the potency of the sedation you have taken, you will still need reliable transportation to and from our office. Patients who have taken an anti-anxiety medicine should avoid operating heavy machinery (such as a vehicle) for the remainder of the day. Some of the sensations you may experience are headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. To keep any potential nausea to a minimum, we advise patients to have a light meal before their appointment as well as a small snack once your session has concluded. If you experience any abnormal side effects or symptoms that don't go away, contact our Rosenberg, TX office as soon as possible.
Depending on your insurance, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for the co-pay to receive your oral-conscious sedation medication. A member of our team can learn more about your individual policy and let you know whether your medication is completely covered by your dental insurance. If you have any questions about insurances or payments we accept, please contact our office. Our team is available throughout the working week to answer your questions and help you receive accessible dental care.
Even though oral health is important, some men, women, teens, and children still have many fears when it comes to visiting the dentist regularly. If you have dental fears and anxieties that get in the way of receiving the dental care you need, we invite you to contact Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX and ask how oral-conscious sedation can help you — and by making receiving dental care easier than ever before.