Oral Conscious Sedation in Katy, TX

At M&G Family Dentistry, our dentist preform Oral Conscious Sedation only on adults.

What is Oral Conscious Sedation in Dentistry?

  • Simply explained, it is the administration of sedative drugs via an oral route, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce patients anxiety related to the dental procedure.
  • It helps reduce anxiety, discomfort, and pain during certain procedures. … Conscious sedation is commonly used in dentistry for people who feel anxious or panicked during complex procedures like fillings, root canals, or routine cleanings.
  • It produces a very mild form of sedation.
  • Effects are reversible within 24-48 hours.
  • Patient will still be conscious, responsive during procedure but may not remember it afterwards.

How does it work?

  • First, your dentist will examine and evaluate you for the sedation procedure, the dentist may need to review your medical history, evaluate your throat, nose, chest or even order some lab work or consult your primary care physician.
  • Then, the dentist will order the sedative medication.
  • You will be asked to have a responsible adult to drive and accompany you during the entire day of the procedure, and you will be given pre and post- operative sedation instruction.
  • On the day of the procedure, inside the dental office: an initial dose is usually taken approximately one hour before the dental appointment.
  • Once the sedative medication starts to take effect, you will feel relaxed and pain-free throughout your procedure.
  • Patient will still need to be injected by local anesthesia in the area where the dental procedure will be performed.
  • Many patients will have little to no memory of the procedure and feel good afterward.
  • Sometimes, the dentist may have you take an additional ½ dose during the procedure to maintain the effect a little longer.
  • Laughing gas Sedation can be combined to produce a more potent sedation.
  • The sedative effect of the drugs will gradually wear off during the course of the day.
  • Most patients are well enough to return to their normal activities within 24 hours depending on the nature of their work.

Sedation Dentistry Risks & Disadvantages

  • Oral Conscious sedation is usually safe and predictable if administered correctly by an experienced dentist and the patient is monitored closely throughout the procedure.

    However, there is always a risk in getting any form of sedation.

  • Certain conditions such as : Digestive problems or hepatic disease ,lung diseases, COPD or obstructive sleep apnea , mental or psychiatric problems……..others, may complicate oral conscious sedation and make it unsafe.
  • Human Biological variability: makes everyone react differently to sedating medication and the different types of medications that are used. With some people, it may take just a little bit of medication for them to fall asleep and wake up and not remember anything, while other patients may take the medication, not feel anything at all, but be awake for the entire procedure. Still other people might need more medication to be sedated enough to relieve their anxiety, and then it is up to the dentist and his/her staff to monitor that patient very closely and even with close monitoring, things can go very, very wrong.
  • Requires a responsible adult to accompany during the entire day because the effect of the medications can last up to 24-48 hours, so it may cloud you judgment to drive , work or operate machines.
  • Sedation can be very costly because most insurances do not cover it entirely , in addition to the equipment’s, medication, preparations, staff and dentist training and time involved.

To find out more about Dentistry with Oral Conscious Sedation schedule an appointment today with our Dentist at M&G Family dentistry.

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