About Oral-Conscious Sedation
The dental industry has advanced tremendously in just a few years, bringing a range of minimally invasive options to patients of all ages. However, anxiety and fear of dental procedures still prevent many individuals from seeking the dental treatment needed for a healthy smile. The team of general dentists at Avon Dental Group is pleased to offer oral-conscious sedation to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures. With this sedation option, prescription anti-anxiety medications are taken before the scheduled appointment, leaving patients fully relaxed and technically conscious but still capable of following instructions. To learn more about oral-conscious sedation and your treatment options at our state-of-the-art Avon, CT practice, reach out to our team and schedule your consultation today.
Ideal Candidates for Sedation
Overall, oral-conscious sedation may help children and adults alike who have anxieties or fears about the dental office. This conscious sedation solution is often ideal for patients who need several treatments performed in a single visit or require more complex types of care. However, even those who experience fear during routine procedures may be good candidates for oral-conscious sedation. Prior to prescribing medication for oral-conscious sedation, our dentists will complete a detailed consultation to decide if this option is ideal for you. We will review your medical history, current medications, and other factors to ensure you can safely take sedation medication, and also to determine which form of medication will best suit your needs. Oral-conscious sedation may not be recommended if you currently suffer from respiratory or heart complications, are expecting, or have had an allergic reaction to benzodiazepines.
The Conscious Sedation Process
There are many types of sedation medications that can be used. The medication recommended by our team will be selected based on your specific level of fear and physical health, the type of dental treatment that is being performed, and the approximated length of your appointment. A prescription for your sedation medication will be provided during your consultation so you can fill it before your procedure. Because you will be taking the medication about an hour before you arrive, you will need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to and from your appointment. With light oral-conscious sedation, you will remain at ease but will still be awake and alert. If stronger sedation is prescribed, you will also remain conscious but you may not remember much about your visit. Some patients fall into a light sleep when taking oral-conscious sedation but are easily awakened at the end of the procedure. Oral-conscious sedation is generally combined with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable throughout your dental treatment.
After Oral-Conscious Sedation
Recovery following oral-conscious sedation will depend on the type of medication prescribed for your needs. Since the medication will impair your ability to drive for about 24 hours, you will need someone to take you home and stay with you for a few hours following the procedure. One of our dentists will talk with you during your consultation about any possible side effects from the specific medication prescribed for you. In some instances, patients have experienced headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting after oral-conscious sedation. The threat of nausea and vomiting can be reduced by eating a light meal before your appointment and having a snack around one hour after your procedure. Please call our office if you experience any lingering side effects or if you have concerns after your dental procedure.
If you carry dental or medical insurance, our team will call your provider to determine your benefits in regard to oral-conscious sedation options. After gathering your information, we can better estimate your out-of-pocket costs. At Avon Dental Group, we want you to get the care needed for better oral health and can help you find a solution that matches your needs and budget.
Relaxed, Stress-Free Visits
Stop your fear of the dentist in its tracks with oral-conscious sedation at Avon Dental Group. Our team has helped many patients overcome their anxiety and enjoy relaxed, stress-free dental visits with conscious sedation options. To talk with our team and find the right solution for you, schedule a visit at our family dental practice in Avon, CT today.