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Oral-Conscious Sedation – Mild to Moderate Sedation – Scottsdale, AZ *

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Scottsdale dentists, Dr. Rod Gore and Dr. Whitney Sebree, can administer oral-conscious sedation to anxious patients to relax them prior to receiving dental work. In pill form, Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree usually give the patient the sedative about an hour prior to performing a procedure. The strength of the dose can vary from mild to moderate, depending on the patient’s needs. Mild sedation will not cause a patient to fall asleep, but instead will make him or her feel drowsy. On the other hand, moderate sedation can cause a patient to fall asleep. Dr. Gore and Dr. Sebree will discuss all options, including if a patient is a candidate for oral sedation before any procedure.

What to Expect

Before oral-conscious sedation is given, the patient should meet with a dentist to thoroughly review the patient’s medical history, current medications, and any drug allergies. If it’s determined that a patient is a good candidate, the dentist 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 him or her home. Since the patient is still conscious throughout the procedure, he or she should be alert enough to hear the dentist and respond to instructions. If a patient feels groggy and falls asleep, a simple shake should rouse the patient to wakefulness.

Treatment Aftercare

After oral-conscious sedation is taken, a patient should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following the procedure. In some cases, the patient 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 the 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.

Anticipated Costs

Depending on the patient’s insurance coverage, some, if not all, of the cost can be covered. Our office can check ahead of time to see what’s covered and what’s not if the patient provides their insurance information.

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When it’s time to visit the dentist and you feel more than a few butterflies in your stomach, then it’s the right time to call our office to schedule your consultation. Our trained professionals can discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about our sedation techniques.