Dental technology has advanced leaps and bounds in just a few years. However, fear and anxiety of dental procedures still keep many patients from scheduling appointments for even routine dental exams and cleanings. That’s why experienced dentist Dr. Daniel Clement 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 dental appointment so you can be fully relaxed but able to follow instructions. If you would like to learn more about oral-conscious sedation for your appointments at Great Lakes Bay Dental, schedule a consultation today at our Midland, MI dental office.
Overall, oral-conscious sedation may help adults and children alike who have anxieties or fears about having dental work performed. Before you are prescribed a medication for oral-conscious sedation, Dr. Clement will complete a detailed consultation to decide if you are a good candidate. He will go over your medical history, current medications, and other factors to ensure you can safely take anti-anxiety medication and see which type will best suit your needs. Oral-sedation may not be ideal if you are dealing with heart or respiratory issues, are pregnant, or have had a reaction to benzodiazepines in the past.
What To Expect
There are a number of oral-conscious sedation medications that Dr. Clements may prescribe, such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin. The medication recommended will be based on you, your stress level, your physical health, what procedure is being performed, and the approximated length of your appointment. Dr. Clement will prescribe your medication during your consultation so you can have it filled before your procedure. You will take the medication prior to arriving at our facility so you should arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to your appointment. With light oral-conscious sedation, you will stay relaxed but still be awake and alert. With heavier sedation, you will also stay conscious, but your memory will not be clear. You could fall into a light sleep, but it will not be difficult for you to come out of the sleep.
The amount of time it will take to recover from sedation is dependent upon the kind of medication given during the procedure. Regardless, you will need someone to take you home and stay with you for at least 2 – 4 hours. You will not be able to drive a vehicle until the next day after you have slept off the medication. Dr. Clement will talk to you during your consultation about the possible side effects of the medication prescribed for you. Side effects that patients could potentially experience from oral-conscious sedation are dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. The risk of nausea and vomiting can be reduced by having a light meal before taking the medication and eating a small snack approximately one hour after your procedure. Please contact our office if you have any lingering side effects or if you have any concerns after the dental procedure.
If you have dental insurance, our staff will contact your provider to determine your benefits concerning oral-conscious sedation methods. From there, we can better estimate your remaining costs. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Clement can discuss the payment methods our office accepts, including medical financing, to make your dental procedures more affordable.
Stop your fear of the dentist in its tracks with oral-conscious sedation at Great Lakes Bay Dental. Schedule an appointment with Midland, MI experienced dentist Dr. Clement for more information about your sedation options, which can help you remain at ease during a common tooth filling or longer procedures. He will work with you to determine the most ideal anesthesia so your trip to our office is a pleasant experience.