About Oral-Conscious Sedation
At DentalWorks - Lakeside in Sterling Heights, MI, 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 service. The pill can be prescribed as a light 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 tweaked during the procedure, the level of oral-conscious sedation cannot be changed.
What to Expect
Our dentists will meet with the patient to thoroughly review their allergies, medical history, and medications 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.
Patients are not allowed 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 service. Although the patient usually stays awake during the procedure, the sedation can cause 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 - Lakeside immediately.
Based on the patient’s dental insurance coverage, some or all of the expense of oral-conscious sedation may be covered. DentalWorks - Lakeside will communicate with the patient’s dental insurance provider before the procedure to determine their insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. Our dentists at DentalWorks - Lakeside take several forms of payment and we will help connect patients to financing options.
Plan Your Procedure
Learn Your Sedation Options
If you are having a longer procedure at DentalWorks - Lakeside or if you avoid your annual exams and twice yearly cleaning because of anxiety, oral-conscious sedation or another sedation techniques can help you to remain calm and relaxed during your appointment at DentalWorks - Lakeside. For more info, schedule a consultation with our dentists and discover more regarding sedation choices, including oral-conscious sedation.