About Oral Sedation
For a luxury dental experience, MINT dentistry is proud to offer several 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 Houston, 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 our practice in Houston, TX to schedule an initial consultation.
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Oral-conscious sedation can often be used to help younger patients and adults who have fears and anxieties that keep them from going to 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 have had an allergic reaction to similar medications.
What to Expect
Your doctor will prescribe one of many different types of medication for your oral-conscious sedation. 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.
How you will feel after 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 dental procedures and sedation, ask us about the MINT Discount Plan. MINT dentistry is committed to exceeding your expectations and helping you feel comfortable during your visits.
Don't avoid dental treatments and procedures because of anxiety or fear with oral-conscious sedation at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified dentist to hear more about oral-conscious sedation and other options to keep you extremely relaxed 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 Houston, TX enjoyable.