About Oral Sedation
For a luxury dental experience, MINT dentistry is proud to offer several solutions to help your dental phobias and anxieties, so you can obtain the gorgeous smile you want with minimal discomfort. Our board-certified team of dental professionals recommends oral-conscious sedation for cleanings and advanced procedures to ensure your visit is more comfortable. Oral-conscious sedation involves taking a prescription anti-anxiety medication prior to your appointment. The medication will keep you awake and able to respond to instructions while still feel incredibly relaxed. To learn more about this sedation dentistry method or to find out if you are a candidate, contact our practice in Spring, TX to schedule an initial consultation.
Oral-conscious sedation can often be used to help younger patients and adults who have fears and anxieties that keep them from going to the dentist. Before you are prescribed a medication for oral-conscious sedation, our team will need to complete a thorough consultation to determine if you are a good candidate. We will go over your medical history, current medications, and other factors to ensure you can safely take an anti-anxiety medication and decide which type will be best for your needs. Oral sedation may not be a good option if you have heart or respiratory problems, you are pregnant, or you have had an allergic reaction to similar medications.
What to Expect
Your doctor will prescribe one of many different types of medication for your oral-conscious sedation. The type recommended by MINT dentistry will depend on your level of anxiety, your physical health, what procedure is being performed, and the estimated length of your appointment. Your oral-conscious sedation medication will be prescribed during your consultation, so you can have it filled before your procedure. Since you will need to take it before arriving, you should arrange to have a responsible adult take you to your appointment. With light oral-conscious sedation, you will remain relaxed but still awake. With moderate sedation, you will also stay conscious, but your memory of what happened may start to get a bit spotty. You may fall into a light sleep but you should wake up easily. Our dedicated team will go to great lengths to make sure you feel safe and cared for during your procedure.
How you will feel after sedation will depend on what medication was prescribed. You will need to arrange for someone take you home and stay with you for at least 2 – 4 hours while the medication wears off. A MINT dentistry team member or doctor will speak with you about possible side effects from the specific medication prescribed for you. Most commonly, patients experience temporary headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting after oral-conscious sedation. The risk of nausea and vomiting can be reduced by having a light meal before taking the medication and eating a small snack about one hour after your procedure. If you are concerned about symptoms after you have returned home, please don’t hesitate to contact our support staff for assistance.
The MINT Commitment
If you have dental insurance, the MINT dentistry team will contact your carrier to determine your benefits regarding oral-conscious sedation. From there, we can better estimate your out-of-pocket costs. If you don't have dental insurance, our skilled support staff will go over payment methods are accepted by our office, including medical financing to make your sedation and treatment more affordable. If you do not have dental insurance or cannot afford dental procedures and sedation, ask a member of our team about the MINT Discount Plan. MINT dentistry is committed to exceeding your expectations and helping you feel comfortable during your visits.
Stop avoiding the dentist because of fear or anxiety with oral-conscious sedation at MINT dentistry in Spring, TX. Schedule a consultation with one of our skilled, board-certified dental professionals to learn more about oral-conscious sedation and other options to keep you extremely relaxed during a routine dental exam and cleaning or a longer procedure. We will work with you to find your best options to make your visit to MINT dentistry in Spring, TX enjoyable.