Dental technology has come leaps and bounds in the last few years. However, fear and anxiety of dental procedures still hinders many people from making appointments for even routine dental exams and cleanings. That’s why dentist Dr. Kathy Jacobsen offers oral-conscious sedation to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during your visit. An anti-anxiety pill can be prescribed and taken before your appointment so you go into a relaxed state while remaining awake so you can follow instructions. For more information about oral-conscious sedation for your dental treatments and services at Contemporary Dentistry, request a consultation today at our Gilbert, AZ office.
In general, oral-conscious sedation can help both adults and children who have anxieties or fears about going to the dentist. Before you are prescribed a medication for oral-conscious sedation, Dr. Jacobsen will need to conduct a thorough consultation to decide whether you are a good candidate. She will go over your medical history, current medications, and other factors to ensure you can safely take an anti-anxiety medication and which type will be best for your needs. Oral-sedation may not be a good option if you have heart or respiratory problems, are pregnant, or have had a reaction to benzodiazepines in the past.
What To Expect
There are several types of oral-conscious sedation medications that can be used. The type recommended by Dr. Jacobsen will depend on you, your amount of anxiety, your physical health, what procedure is being performed, and the estimated length of your appointment. Your oral-conscious sedation medication will be prescribed during your consultation so you can have it filled before your procedure. Since you will need to take it before arriving, you should arrange to have a responsible adult take you to your appointment. With light oral-conscious sedation, you will remain relaxed but still be conscious and aware. With moderate sedation, you will also stay conscious, but your memory of what happened will start to get a bit spotty. You may fall into a light sleep, but should wake up easily.
Recovery will depend on what kind of medication was administered during the procedure, you will need to arrange for someone to take you home and stay with you for up to four hours. You will not be able to drive a vehicle until the next day and you have slept off the medication. Dr. Jacobsen will talk to you during your consult about the possible side effects from the specific medication prescribed for you. Commonly, patients experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting after oral-conscious sedation. The risk of nausea and vomiting can be reduced by having a light meal before taking the medication and eating a small snack about one hour after your procedure. Please call our office if you have any lingering side effects or concerns after your procedure.
If you have dental insurance, our office will contact your carrier to determine you benefits in regards to oral-conscience sedation methods. From there, we can better estimate your out-of-pocket costs. For those who do not have dental insurance, Dr. Jacobsen can go over the payment methods accepted by our office, including medical financing and our Smiles Club membership to make your sedation and treatment more affordable.
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Sedation Options for Anxiety
Stop avoiding the dentist because of fear or anxiety with oral-conscience sedation at Contemporary Dentistry. Schedule a consultation with Gilbert, AZ dentist Dr. Jacobsen to learn more about your sedation options to keep you comfortable and relaxed during a routine dental exam and cleaning or a longer procedure. She will work with you to find your best options so your visit to our office is a pleasant experience.