Oral Sedation Dentistry – Small Steps to Being Happy at the Dentist

A dentist who provides oral sedation is like a magician waiving a magic wand over all the fearful patients who have avoided the dentist. Oral Sedation cases range from mild to full-mouth but you will never know unless you call and make that first step.
Watch the entire process here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4rLa9f7ANk

Oral Conscious Sedation

  1. The first step is to find a dental provider near you. Sedationcare.com can help you find a sedation provider in your zip code. When you are ready, you will call the provider and their sedation
  2. At your first appointment you will receive a full set of x-rays and receive a full examination by the doctor. The doctor will want to take many photographs which can be invasive. But not to worry, these pictures will allow you to see exactly what the doctor is seeing so you are not in the dark about the condition of your oral health.The doctor may take you into a consultation room to go over your options as far as what needs to be addressed immediately and what can be done at another appointment.  You will fill out your paperwork and set up your payment arrangement.  Be prepared for lots and lots of paperwork.
  3. At your first appointment you will receive a full set of x-rays and receive a full examination by the doctor. The doctor will want to take many photographs which can be invasive. But not to worry, these pictures will allow you to see exactly what the doctor is seeing so you are not in the dark about the condition of your oral health. The doctor may take you into a consultation room to go over your options as far as what needs to be addressed immediately and what can be done at another appointment.  You will fill out your paperwork and set up your payment arrangement.  Be prepared for lots and lots of paperwork.
  4. Twelve hours prior to your oral sedation appointment you will take your first dose of medication. After this point the patient should not eat or drink anything. The next morning, one hour prior to your appointment, you will crush up a pill and put it under your tongue and allow the pill to dissolve. Upon arriving to your appointment your doctor will administer the remaining dose(s) of medication.  Each person’s dosages of medication prescribed to them will be different based on the person’s tolerance level, weight, and current drugs that they take. Regardless of the type of drug and amount prescribed the way the medication is taken will always be the same.
  5. You will be seated in the dental chair and will wear a blood pressure cuff and blood oxygen monitor through the entirety of your stay. This is required in oral conscious sedation to ensure that you are getting the adequate amount of oxygen required. Don’t worry- an oxygen tank is there for you should you need it.
  6. Your memory of your appointment will be faint, if one exists at all. You will also need to coordinate a driver to drop you off and pick you up from your appointment. They will not need to stay with you the entire time. The sedation team will be able to contact them to let them know you are ready to be picked up.
  7. Immediately following your oral sedation appointment you will want your driver to get you something soft to eat – think soup, ice cream, mashed potatoes. You will most likely return home and sleep. You will look alert to your driver but they should not be fooled, you are highly woozy. This is not the time to make important life decisions.
  8. The following day you will be normal. You will be able to go to work, go to the gym, go on vacation, and do anything else that you normally would be able to do. The only reason that you may have to return to your dental professional is to adjust the “bite” which is referring to the way the temporary crowns and fillings sit inside your mouth. If you bite is off you will experience pain, discomfort and headaches. Adjusting your bite is a simple 10 minute procedure so you should call your doctor and get in as soon as you can to avoid any added pain.

Oral conscious sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry is gaining popularity in the U.S. and is really a good option for anyone who has time constraints and only wants one day off of work to complete tons of dental treatment. Also, you don’t have to be afraid of the dentist anymore!
Call (916) 649-0249 for your consultation today. Gateway Oaks Family DentistryHoang Truong DDS, provide oral conscious sedation to anyone who is interested, regardless of their motivations. Call today.
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