About Oral-Conscious Sedation
At DentalWorks - Wake Forest in Wake Forest, NC, our dentists administer oral-conscious sedation to patients for some invasive procedures or to help patients who have anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist's office. Oral-conscious sedation is taken as a pill about an hour before their procedure. The pill can be prescribed as a mild to moderate sedation, depending on the patient’s needs and the procedure that is performed. Light sedation can make the patient feel drowsy, but they don't usually fall asleep. Medium sedation is used for more invasive procedures to help the patient become drowsy and the patient can go into a light sleep. While different sedation methods may be adjusted during the procedure, the level of oral-conscious sedation cannot be changed.
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What to Expect with Oral-Conscious Sedation
Our dentists will meet with the patient to thoroughly review their medical history, medications, and any allergies to decide if the patient qualifies for oral-conscious sedation. If oral-conscious sedation is chosen, our dentists will prescribe the pill for the patient to take around one hour prior to their procedure. The patient won't be allowed to drive before or after their appointment, because the patient will be awake, but in a tranquil state. During the procedure, the patient will be able to listen to our dentists and to comply with any instructions. Some patients may lose consciousness throughout the procedure, but they can be gently woken when the procedure is finished.
Oral-Conscious Sedation Treatment Aftercare
Patients should not drive for the next day after taking oral-conscious sedation, so our dentists recommend that every patient have a reliable person to take them home following their procedure. Although the patient usually stays awake during the procedure, the sedation causes temporary memory loss. Oral-conscious sedation is generally safe, but some patients may experience short-term stomach trouble. Any unusual side effects or lasting discomfort should be told to our dentists at DentalWorks - Wake Forest immediately.
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Oral-Conscious Sedation Insurance Coverage
Based on the patient’s dental insurance coverage, some or all of the expense of oral-conscious sedation may be covered. DentalWorks - Wake Forest will communicate with the patient’s dental insurance provider before the procedure to determine their insurance coverage and expenses. Our dentists at DentalWorks - Wake Forest take several forms of payment and we will help connect patients to financing options.
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If you are having a longer procedure at DentalWorks - Wake Forest or if you have been skipping your annual exams and twice yearly cleaning because of anxiety, oral-conscious sedation or another sedation techniques can help you to remain calm and comfortable during your appointment at DentalWorks - Wake Forest. For more info, schedule a consultation with our dentists and discover more regarding sedation choices, including oral-conscious sedation.