About Oral-Conscious Sedation
We offer a range of options at Crown Dental in West Richland, WA to make every patient feel comfortable before their dental procedure. Our dentist, Dr. Walberto "Wally" Cantu, can provide an oral-conscious sedation for patients who are exceptionally nervous about any pain or discomfort during their procedure. This sedative, taken in pill form, relaxes the patient enough to proceed with the procedure. About an hour beforehand, the patient will swallow the pill, which ranges in strength from mild to moderate. Unable to be changed after it is taken, the mild dose will cause drowsiness and relaxation, and the moderate dose can induce sleep so that the patient can be performed on without difficulty. Oral-conscious sedation is a great option to calm down patients who are anxious before a dental procedure at Crown Dental.
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.
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.
Based on the strength of the oral-conscious sedative, the price can range anywhere from $200 to $400. 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.