About Oral-Conscious Sedation
For mild to moderate sedation during a dental appointment or procedure, oral-conscious sedation can be used to relax the patient while keeping them awake and responsive. Before the patient's procedure, Dr. Karuna Peravali will prescribe a medication in an appropriate strength and amount to keep the patient sedated. At White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX, Dr. Peravali and her staff can use oral-conscious sedation to minimize pain or to relieve anxiety in patients with dental fears. Some patients may fall into a light sleep, but will be easily woken after the procedure is complete. Unlike other forms of sedation, the level of sedation cannot be changed after the patient takes the medication.
What to Expect
The dentist will meet with the patient to thoroughly review their medical history, medications, and any allergies to determine if the patient qualifies for oral-conscious sedation. If oral-conscious sedation is chosen, the doctor will prescribe the pill for the patient to take about one hour before their procedure. The patient will not be able to drive to or from their appointment, since the patient will be conscious, but in a tranquil state. During the procedure, the patient will be able to hear the dentist and to follow any instructions. Some patients may fall asleep during the procedure, but they can be easily waked when the procedure is finished.
Patients should not drive for at least 24 hours after taking oral-conscious sedation, so they dentist recommends that each patient have a responsible adult take them home after their procedure. While the patient usually remains conscious during the procedure, the sedation causes short-term memory loss. Oral-conscious sedation is generally safe, but some patients may experience temporary nausea. Any unusual side effects or lasting pain should be reported to the dentist immediately.
Depending on the patient’s insurance coverage, some or all of the cost of oral-conscious sedation may be covered. Our office will communicate with the patient’s insurance before the procedure to determine their coverage and expenses. Our office accepts many forms of payment and we can connect patients to medical financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Learn Your Sedation Options
If you are having a longer procedure or you have been skipping your regular exams and cleanings because of anxiety, oral-conscious sedation or other techniques can help you to remain calm and comfortable during your visit. For more information, schedule a consultation with the dentist and learn more about sedation options, including oral-conscious sedation.