About Oral-Conscious Sedation
Oral-conscious sedation is ideal for patients who are prone to anxiety during procedures and offers a relaxing and comfortable dental experience. This form of sedation is more powerful than nitrous oxide sedation and is administered via a small pill. Typically, the pill is provided and taken 1 hour before a dental procedure. This will allow plenty of time for the sedation to take effect and allow our dentists at Emigh Dental Care to perform dental work safely and effectively. However, the strength of the dose may vary, which means mild to moderate sedation is possible depending on our dentists' recommendation and the patient's personal preference. If patients are nervous about their upcoming appointment, we invite them to call our Long Beach, CA office today to learn about oral-conscious sedation.
Oral-Conscious Sedation Reviews
"This review is a bit late, but when taking into consideration my experience, it's NEVER too late to visit the dentist!I found Emigh Dental by googling sedation dentistry. My fear of the dentist knew no bounds. It had been 8-9 years since I last visited a dental office and my mouth literally reached a breaking point. Hence my google search for sedation dentistry. I contacted them via email and their office responded promptly. They verified that they do take my insurance and squeezed me in for a 12/30/16 appointment to take advantage of my insurance that would be entering a new policy phase on Jan 1.After panicking for a week, I attended the dentist office alone. The reception was nice, but as I was in a panicked daze, I didn't really take note. Karen took me to the back and took my x-rays. She was incredibly nice and reassuring. She listened to my story about my fears and put me at ease.Dr. Pat then came in for the examination. He was warned that I was a fearful patient. He sat down and just spoke to me. He listened to my story, my childhood trauma of the dentist, what was bothering me currently. This exchange made the best possible first impression with me. He explained everything he would be doing in the examination and repeated several times he would not hurt me.Exam done, and the verdict was not unexpected but daunting to say the least. To put it mildly, I must have seen Dr. Pat at least six times afterwards to complete my treatment. Dr. Pat explained my options, and his recommendations. I had two cavities, two root canals, two crown preps, and a wisdom tooth pulled. Dr. Pat did not do my root canals, fyi, as they were fairly complicated but referred me to an endodontist.After 5 months or so, I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Pat for several things. He never shamed me for not seeking treatment earlier. His fillings are the first fillings I ever had done that did not hurt for weeks afterwards. He addressed my fears, promised to stop if I ever did feel any pain, and is a pleasant person overall. Best of all, I can eat food again. I can finally say I found my dentist.A few more details: the reception is great! Thank you to Elaine and team for being efficient and nice to boot. My cleaning was painless. They offer nitrous oxide for an extra fee for certain treatments. Nitrous oxide calmed my nerves down and made it possible for me to have certain treatments done. The office never tried to upsell me any service. And their dental chairs have built in massagers!"- A.G. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2017
After oral-conscious sedation is taken, patients should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following the procedure. In some cases, patients may remember little or nothing about the particular dental procedure, though memory will be intact for the rest of the day’s events. Since a pain-reliever, such as a local anesthetic, is usually administered prior to the procedure, most patients report little or no pain or discomfort after their dental work. For the most part, oral-conscious sedatives are considered quite safe, and most patients can tolerate them well with no side effects. In some instances, patients may feel nauseous or vomit after taking the sedative.
What to Expect
Before oral-conscious sedation is given, patients will meet with our dentists to thoroughly review their medical history, current medications, and any drug allergies. If it’s determined that they are a good candidate, our dentists will go over sedation options. If oral-conscious sedation is chosen, the pill will be taken 1 hour prior to the procedure. The pill will produce a tranquil state, and the feeling will last throughout the procedure and several hours afterwards, so the patient will require an escort to drive them home. Since they will still be conscious throughout the procedure, patients should be alert enough to hear our dentists and respond to instructions. If patients feel groggy or fall asleep, a simple shake should rouse them.
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When it’s time to visit our office and you feel more than a few butterflies in your stomach, oral conscious sedation may be the right option for you. Our trained professionals can discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about our sedation techniques.