About Oral-Conscious Sedation
Some patients experience anxiety or fear about receiving a dental treatment or procedure. However, at Allred Dental in San Marcos, CA, Dr. Jeffrey Allred offers oral-conscious sedation to patients to help them get through their procedure. Oral-conscious sedation is taken as a pill prior to the procedure and can be used as both a mild and moderate sedative. With mild sedation, patients feel drowsy; for moderate sedation, patients may fall into a light sleep. Sedation methods can be adjusted during treatment, but the level of oral-conscious sedation cannot be altered.
"I had such a wonderful experience at Allred dental. Dr. Allred and his staff are super friendly and attentive they made me feel totally relaxed which is pretty rare for being at a dentist office. I was actually a little nervous going in for my procedure because I was scared it was going to be painful. In the contrary I felt no pain and they were finished before I knew it. It was great!! I would highly recommend Allred dental to anyone needing dental services."- C.C. / Google / Aug 21, 2017
"Best dentist I've ever had. Staff is great, and Dr Allred is friendly and skilled. I'll never switch to another dentist!"- S.S. / Yelp / Mar 16, 2018
"Dr. Allred is amazing at what he does. I didn't even feel the shots and he banged out 8 cavities in one sitting for me. It was impressive to say the least. Thanks Jeff!"- E.A. / Yelp / Oct 01, 2017
"My new Dentist 100%. I rarely give reviews online. I have to say Dr, Allred and the staff have welcomed me into this office. They are talented and friendly. office is updated with modern machines and tools and other nice high tech tools."- E.G. / Google / Jul 21, 2017
"I've had a lot of experience with dentists and Dr. Allred is the best I've been to. He is gentle, professional and does beautiful work. He also has what seems to me to be the latest in equipment. If you're a little neurotic (or a lot as I am) about dental visits, then this is the place for you. His staff without exception are great. They are very helpful and knowledgable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Allred to my family and friends."- B. / Google / Jun 21, 2017
What to Expect
Dr. Allred will thoroughly review medical history, medications, and any allergies to determine if the patient qualifies for oral-conscious sedation. If oral-conscious sedation is chosen, the pill will be prescribed to take about one hour before their procedure. The patient will not be able to drive to or from their appointment, since they will be conscious but still in a tranquil state. During the procedure, the patient will be able to hear and follow any instructions. Some patients may fall asleep during the procedure, but can be easily awakened when the procedure is finished.
Patients should not drive for at least 24 hours after taking oral-conscious sedation, so Dr. Allred recommends that each individual 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.
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If you are having a longer procedure or if you have been skipping your regular exams and cleanings because of anxiety, oral-conscious sedation or other techniques can help you remain calm and comfortable during your visit. For more information, schedule a consultation with Allred Dental and learn more about sedation options, including oral-conscious sedation.