Oral-Conscious Sedation Overview
While dental procedures are easier and more comfortable than ever due to advanced technologies, many individuals still experience a fear of the dentist. Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly at Made Ya Smile uses minimally invasive techniques to make sure any dental treatments provided are both effective and safe for patients. Our clinic also utilizes oral-conscious sedation that takes the anxiety and worries out of your appointment. Oral-conscious sedation is essentially an anti-anxiety medication taken by mouth about one hour before your visit. This form of sedation has helped many overcome their fear so they can get the treatment they need to improve their oral health. Learn more about your options at our facility in Missouri City, TX with a custom consultation.
Best Candidates for Oral-Conscious Sedation
Patients who are fearful about visiting the dentist for treatment or have a strong gag reflex can benefit from oral-conscious sedation. Dr. Ly utilizes a wide range of anti-anxiety medications and can easily change the dose from mild to moderate so we can meet your unique needs. While you will remain awake when under sedation, some prescription medications allow you to relax while others can make you feel tired or sleepy. To learn if this is the right option for you, the staff at Made Ya Smile will review your medical history, as well as any medications or supplements you are currently taking. Then Dr. Ly will give you a prescription for a medication that fits you the best. Please let our team know if you are pregnant, allergic to benzodiazepine medications, or have a history of respiratory or heart illnesses.
What To Expect with Oral-Conscious Sedation
Based on your medical and dental history, your level of dental anxiety, and the procedure type, Dr. Ly will prescribe anti-anxiety medication customized to your needs. Made Ya Smile will call the prescription to your preferred pharmacy for your convenience. Remember to take the medication one hour before your scheduled procedure so you can begin to feel relaxed and calm. Oral-conscious sedation causes many patients to feel sleepy or have a limited memory of the treatment itself. If you fall asleep, our team will be able to wake you up easily at the end of the treatment. Keep in mind that throughout this process, you will need an adult to take you to your appointment and drive you home afterward.
Oral-Conscious Sedation Recovery
During your custom consultation, Dr. Ly will let you know which medication will help you feel the most comfortable. Our staff will let you know how the medication will affect you, including any side effects you may experience. The recovery period will vary between patients since some prescriptions will cause light or more intense sedation. Regardless, it is still essential that a responsible adult drive you home after your treatment. You should also avoid operating a car or heavy machinery for the rest of the day. Anti-anxiety medications may also cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, or even vomiting. To minimize your chances of getting nauseous, Made Ya Smile may recommend a light meal about one hour before and after your treatment. Contact our team immediately if you have side effects that do not go away or more concerning symptoms.
Oral-Conscious Sedation Insurance Coverage
At Made Ya Smile, our business team will call your dental health provider to learn if oral-conscious sedation option is covered under your individual plan. To meet your budget and health care needs, we also offer several convenient ways to pay, such as low-cost financing with our third-party partner CareCredit®. We will review all of your sedation options and costs during your custom consultation before we begin any treatment.
If you are in need of a dental treatment or procedure, don't allow fear to stand in the way of getting a healthier, more improved smile. Made Ya Smile and his team use oral-conscious sedation to help you overcome your fear. Whether you have simple or more complex concerns, Dr. Ly is known for offering exceptional services in a welcoming, relaxing environment. To learn more about your sedation options, including oral-conscious sedation, reach out to our facility in Missouri City, TX.