About Oral Sedation
As a premier, modern dental office, MINT dentistry is pleased to offer effective and safe sedation methods to help your dental anxiety or phobia, so you can have the gorgeous smile you want with minimal discomfort. Our board-certified team of dental professionals suggests oral-conscious sedation for cleanings and advanced procedures to make sure your appointment is less stressful. The oral-conscious method of sedation uses a prescribed anti-anxiety medication before you arrive for your appointment. This method keeps you conscious and able to respond to instructions but still feel incredibly at ease. To get more information on this sedation dentistry method, including whether you're eligible, contact us in North Richland Hills, TX to schedule a consultative appointment.
MINT dentistry in North Richland Hills, TX offers oral-conscious sedation for both children and adults who suffer from dentophobia (a fear of the dentist). Prior to giving you a prescription for an oral-conscious medication, your dentist will perform a comprehensive evaluation to make sure that you're a good candidate. Your dentist will go over your current medication, medical history, and any other issues to make sure oral-conscious sedation is safe for you as well as the type and dose of medication that is appropriate. Oral-conscious sedation may not be a good option if you have heart or respiratory problems, you are or may be pregnant, or you had a reaction to benzodiazepines or other anti-anxiety medications.
What to Expect
There's several different options for oral-conscious sedation medication. The type that is prescribed by your board-certified MINT dentistry professional will be based on your anxiety level, your overall health, the procedure you are getting, and how long your appointment will last. Your oral-conscious sedation medication prescription will be written at your consultation and you should have it filled at a pharmacy before your appointment. Since you will need to take the medication before you get to our office, you need to have a responsible adult drive you. If you are under light oral-conscious sedation, you will feel relaxed but still alert. If you are under moderate sedation, you will still be awake, but your memory of what happened may start to get a bit spotty. You might fall asleep but you will be easy to wake up. Our dedicated team will go to great lengths to make sure you are safe and cared for during your procedure.
Side effect and recovery from oral-conscious sedation will vary based on what medication was prescribed. You will need to have someone take you home and watch you for a few hours. A MINT dentistry team member or doctor will speak with you about potential side effects of your oral-conscious sedation medication. The most common side effects are temporary dizziness, headaches, vomiting, or nausea. Your risk of vomiting and nausea can be improved by taking the medication after a light meal and then eating a small snack when you get home. If you're worried about side effects after you have returned home, please don’t hesitate to contact our support staff for assistance.
The MINT Commitment
For patients who are using dental insurance, the MINT dentistry team will speak to your provider to determine your benefits regarding sedation using oral-conscious medication. From there, we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs. For patients who do not have dental insurance, our skilled support staff will go over methods of payment are taken by our practice and we can give you information on medical financing to make your sedation and treatment more affordable. If you do not have dental insurance or need help affording oral health procedures, dental treatments, and sedation, ask a member of our team for more information on the MINT Discount Plan.
Stop avoiding the dentist because of fear or anxiety thanks to MINT dentistry's oral-conscious sedation for patients in North Richland Hills, TX. Make an appointment with one of our skilled, board-certified dental professionals to learn more information about sedation dentistry techniques like oral-conscious medication to keep you relaxed and comfortable during a routine dental exam and cleaning or a longer procedure. Our team will help you to decide on your best sedation method to help make your appointment at MINT dentistry in North Richland Hills, TX pleasant.