About Oral-Conscious Sedation
It’s not uncommon for patients to get incredibly anxious and downright frightened before a trip to the dentist. For those patients, Bedford, TX cosmetic dentist, Dr. Scott Staffel, can offer oral-conscious sedation to leave a patient relaxed and comfortable during a procedure. Delivered in pill form, the sedation is taken about an hour before a procedure. Depending on the patient’s condition and the type of procedure, Dr. Staffel can give anything from mild to moderate sedation. With mild sedation, the patient will feel drowsy, but typically will not fall asleep. On the other hand, moderate sedation may cause a patient to lightly sleep. Since oral-conscious sedation is in a pill form, its potency can’t be altered once given.
"Ok, I dread visiting the dentist. For that reason, I have neglected my teeth which lead to needing a root canal. I was nervous but Dr. Staffel did the needed work with no discomfort. I was pleasantly surprised by the work and very happy with the final result. Great office, dentist and staff."- A.R. / RevenueWell / Feb 22, 2019
"Profession, kind, and they do good work"- R.M. / RevenueWell / Feb 16, 2019
"I have been going to Dr. Staffel since he started his practice here, and I have always been very pleased with his work. He does very professional work and the people are always friendly"- D.C. / RevenueWell / Feb 06, 2019
"I have gone to Dr. Staffel for ever since he started his practice here in north Texas. I have always been very satisfied with his work and the friendly atmosphere at his practice. I would definitely recommend him and his practice for any dental work you might need."- D.C. / RevenueWell / Oct 31, 2018
"Dr Staffel and his staff are very good at their profession. They welcome you and treat you with great care."- R.B. / RevenueWell / Oct 11, 2018
What to Expect
During a consultation, the patient will speak with the dentist about his or her medical history, medications, and any allergies to determine if the patient is a good candidate for oral-conscious sedation. If oral-conscious sedation is deemed appropriate, the doctor will prescribe the pill for the patient to take about one hour before their procedure. Due to the effects of the sedation, the patient will not be able to drive to or from their appointment and will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. 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 awoken once the procedure is completed.
Following oral-conscious sedation, patients should not drive for at least 24 hours, so the dentist recommends that each patient have a responsible adult take him or her home after the procedure. While the patient usually remains conscious during the procedure, the sedation can lead to short-term memory loss, where the patient often forgets the procedure. 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 to ensure the safety of the patient.
Depending on the patient’s insurance coverage, some or all of the cost of oral-conscious sedation may be covered. It’s important to contact your insurance provider prior to a procedure to confirm coverage. If patients have to pay themselves, our office accepts many forms of payment and we can also connect patients to medical financing plans.
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Whether you are having a longer, extensive procedure, have extreme anxiety, or have fear surrounding a trip to the dentist, then oral-conscious sedation could be right for you. The sedation can help keep you calm and comfortable throughout your procedure. For more information, schedule a consultation with the dentist and learn more about sedation options, including oral-conscious sedation. Give us a call today.