About Oral Sedation
As a premier, modern dental office, MINT dentistry is proud to offer effective and safe solutions to quell your dental phobias and anxieties, so you can obtain the sexy teeth you want and stay comfortable. The board-certified team of professionals at MINT dentistry in Sugarland, TX recommends oral-conscious sedation for both advanced procedures as well as routine cleanings to ensure your visit is more comfortable. Oral-conscious sedation involves taking a prescription medication prior to your procedure. The medication will keep you awake and repsonsive while still relaxed. To learn more about oral-conscious sedation or to find out if you are a candidate, contact us in Sugarland, TX to schedule a consultative appointment.
MINT dentistry in Sugarland, TX offers oral-conscious sedation for both children and adults who have dentophobia (a fear of 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 ask about 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 recommended if you have a heart or respiratory condition, you are pregnant, or you had a reaction to benzodiazepines or other anti-anxiety medications.
What to Expect
There's several different options for oral-conscious sedation medication. 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 medication will be prescribed during your consultation, so you can have it filled before your procedure. Since you need to take it before arriving, you should arrange to have someone take you to your appointment. With light sedation, you will remain relaxed but awake. With moderate sedation, you will also stay conscious, but you may feel like you were asleep because of short-term memory loss. You may fall into a light sleep but you should wake up easily. We will make sure you feel comfortable and safe during your appointment.
Side effect and recovery from sedation will depend on which medication you took. You will need to arrange for a responsible adult pick you up after your appointment and stay with you for at least 2 – 4 hours while the medication wears off. Your team will discuss 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 snack about one hour after your procedure. If you are concerned about symptoms after a few hours, please contact us for information.
The MINT Commitment
If you have dental insurance, we will contact your carrier to understand your policy's coverage of oral-conscious sedation. This will help us better estimate your remaining bill. If you don't have insurance, we will explain which payment methods are accepted by our office, including low-interest medical financing for both sedation methods and your dental care. If you cannot afford oral health procedures, dental treatments, and sedation, ask us about the MINT Discount Plan.
Don't avoid dental treatments and procedures because of anxiety or fear with oral-conscious sedation at MINT dentistry in Sugarland, TX. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified dentist to hear more about your sedation options to keep you relaxed and comfortable during either a long procedure or a routine dental cleaning. We will work with you to find your best options to make your visit to MINT dentistry in Sugarland, TX pleasant.