The dental industry has advanced tremendously in just a few years. However, the anxiety and fear of undergoing a dental procedure still keep many patients from scheduling appointments for regular dental cleanings and exams. For this reason, the practitioners at Buford Family Dentistry provide oral-conscious sedation to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. Anti-anxiety medications can be prescribed to be taken prior to your dental appointment so you will be in a relaxed state of mind but capable of following directions. For more information on oral-conscious sedation and your appointments at Buford Family Dentistry, schedule a consult right away at our Buford, GA dental office.
Overall, oral-conscious sedation may help adults and children alike who have fears and anxieties about having dental work performed. Prior to being given medication for oral-conscious sedation, our general dentists will complete a detailed consultation to decide if you are an ideal candidate. We will review your current medications and medical history to be sure you are safe to take sedation medication, and also to determine which product will best suit your needs. Oral-sedation might not be ideal if you are dealing with respiratory or heart issues, are expecting, or have had an allergic reaction to benzodiazepines.
What To Expect
The medication chosen by our practitioners will be based on you, your stress level, your overall health, what dental work is taking place, and the estimated amount of time your appointment will take. Our team will prescribe your sedation medication during your consultation so that you can fill it prior to your procedure. You will take the medication before arriving at our facility, so you will need to plan for a reliable adult to drive you to our practice. If you have chosen light oral-conscious sedation, you will stay at ease but will still be aware and conscious. With heavier sedation, you will also be conscious, but your recollection will not be clear. You could drift off to sleep, but it will be easy to wake you up.
The amount of time it takes to recover from sedation depends on the type of medication given for the procedure. Regardless, you will need a ride home and someone to stay with you for about three hours. You won't be capable of driving a car until the following day after you've had the chance to sleep off the medication. The practitioners at Buford Family Dentistry will speak with you during your consultation about the potential side effects of the medication prescribed. Typically patients report dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and headaches after receiving oral-conscious sedation. The threat of vomiting and/or nausea can be minimized by consuming a light meal prior to your appointment and having a snack approximately an hour following your procedure. We invite you to call our team if you experience lingering side effects or if you have questions after the dental procedure.
If you carry dental insurance, our staff will call your provider to check your coverage concerning oral-conscious sedation options. After gathering your information, we will be better able to calculate your remaining costs. If you do not have dental insurance, we can discuss the payment options our office accepts that include medical financing to help make your dental procedures fit your budget.
Stop your fear of the dentist in its tracks with oral-conscious sedation at Buford Family Dentistry. Schedule an appointment with our Buford, GA dentists for more information about your options for sedation. This will help you remain at ease during dental procedures of a routine or advanced nature. We will help you determine the most ideal anesthesia so your trip to our practice is an enjoyable experience.