About Oral-Conscious Sedation
At DentalWorks - River Oaks in Calumet City, IL, our dentists offer oral-conscious sedation to patients during certain longer treatments or for patients who experience fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist. Oral-conscious sedation is given as a capsule around one hour prior to the appointment. The capsule can be made for a light or moderate level, based on the patient’s needs and the treatments being performed. Mild sedation will make the patient become sleepy, however they do not generally fall asleep. Moderate sedation is better during complex treatments to make the patient feel relaxed and the patient may fall into a light sleep. Although other sedation techniques can be changed during the treatment, the amount of oral-conscious sedation can’t be adjusted.
What to Expect
Our dentists will consult with the patient to fully go over their medications, medical history, and allergies to determine if the patient is a good candidate for oral-conscious sedation or other techniques. If oral-conscious sedation is picked, our dentists will write a prescription for the capsule for the patient to ingest about an hour before their appointment. The patient will not be able to drive to or from their procedure, since the patient will be conscious, but in a hazy state. During the treatment, the patient will be awake enough to hear our dentists and to follow any directions. Some patients will fall asleep during the treatment, although they can be easily waked when the service is complete.
Patients aren't allowed drive for at least 24 hours after using oral-conscious sedation, so our dentists suggest that each patient arrange for a responsible adult to drive them home after their appointment. While the patient typically remains conscious during the service, the sedation often causes short-term memory loss. Oral-conscious sedation is on the whole reliable, however a few patients can have temporary nausea. Any troubling side effects or prolonged pain should be reported to our dentists at DentalWorks - River Oaks right away.
Depending on the patient’s insurance plan, part or all of the cost of oral-conscious sedation can be paid. DentalWorks - River Oaks will contact the patient’s insurance company before the treatment to calculate their coverage and personal cost. Our dentists at DentalWorks - River Oaks accept many types of payment and we can connect patients to medical financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Learn Your Sedation Options
If you are planning a lengthy treatment at DentalWorks - River Oaks or if you miss your regular dental exam and bi-annual dental cleaning because of fear, oral-conscious sedation or other sedation method will help you to stay relaxed and comfortable at your visit to DentalWorks - River Oaks. To get more information, arrange a consultation with our dentists and learn more about sedation options, such as oral-conscious sedation.