What Is Oral-Conscious Sedation?
Dental technology has advanced leaps and bounds in the last few years. However, anxiety and fear of dental procedures still keep many people from making appointments for routine or necessary dental treatment. To help Plymouth and Kingston, PA patients feel more comfortable and relaxed during dental visits, general dentist Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber is pleased to offer oral-conscious sedation. This form of conscious sedation dentistry involves taking an anti-anxiety medication by mouth prior to a dental appointment, placing you in a relaxed state of mind but still conscious and able to follow instructions. If you would like to learn more about combining oral-conscious sedation with dental treatment at Plymouth Dental Group, request a consultation right away at our caring dental practice.
Ideal Candidates for Oral Sedation
As a whole, oral-conscious sedation can help both adults and children who have anxieties or fears about visiting the dental office. Before you are given medication for oral-conscious sedation, Dr. Scheiber will complete a detailed consultation to decide whether you are a good candidate for this option. He will review your current medications and medical history to ensure you are safe to take anti-anxiety medication, and also to see which type will best meet your needs. Oral-sedation may not be a good fit for those who have respiratory or heart issues, are expecting, or have had an adverse reaction to benzodiazepines.
What To Expect during treatment
There are several types of medications that can be administered to achieve oral-conscious sedation. The medication chosen by Dr. Scheiber will be determined based on your level of anxiety, your overall health, the type of treatment taking place, and the approximated amount of time your appointment will take. Dr. Scheiber will prescribe your sedation medication during your consultation so that you can fill it prior to your procedure. Since you will need to take it before arriving, you should plan for a reliable adult to escort you to and from your appointment. The sedative effects of lighter medications will allow you to stay relaxed before and throughout your appointment but still be conscious and alert. With more significant sedation, you will also remain conscious but may have less recollection of your dental procedure. You may even feel drowsy and drift off to sleep during your visit.
Recovery Following your visit
The recovery periods following oral sedation can vary depending on the type of medication used during the procedure. In any case, you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for a few hours. You will not be able to drive until the following day after the medication has fully left your system. Dr. Scheiber will speak with you at your initial consultation about any potential side effects of the specific medication chosen for you. Some 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 around an hour following your procedure. Please contact our team if you have any lingering side effects or if you have questions after your procedure.
Insurance Coverage for Oral Sedation
The prescription medication used for oral sedation will be called into the pharmacy of your choice may be covered under your insurance plan. At Plymouth Dental Group, our knowledgeable treatment coordinator can help you determine what your coverage for insurance sedation medication might be and whether there may be any out-of-pocket cost.
Ease Dental Fear and Anxiety
Stop your fear of the dentist in its tracks with oral-conscious sedation. At Plymouth Dental Group, Dr. Scheiber often pairs oral sedation medications with procedures ranging from regular cleanings to more extensive procedures and can help you explore your options to make your dental visits pleasant and relaxing. Learn more about your sedation dentistry options by scheduling a personal consultation with our caring Plymouth, MA team.