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
"Honestly you couldn't find a better dentist or dental office in North County. The staff is the most professional and kind group that you'll ever meet. Dr. Allred's talent, hard work, education and premium technology is unrivaled. We've trusted him with countless issues from maintenance, ortho, to surgical. Our family includes a reluctant husband, a frugal mother and 4 children ranging from teenagers to toddlers and we all are loyal and enjoy going to Dr. Allred's office equally. Together they make every experience, every dental need as pleasurable as possible. We can't say enough about, it's just something you'll have to experience for yourself!"- K.H. / Yelp / Jun 19, 2019
"I used to be so scared of the dentist until I started seeing Dr. Allred. Everyone is so caring and they legitimately care about you as a patient and a friend. They care so much, they take your blood pressure when you sit in the chair! Thanks to Dr. Allred and his staff, I found out that I had extremely high blood pressure which was causing daily migraines and other health problems! Who knew I would find that out at the dentist? They care, they understand you financial situations, and they do everything then can to make you feel at home. Thumbs up!"- S.S. / Facebook / Nov 16, 2018
"Very friendly office! It felt like they genuinely care about your teeth and overall health. It felt like a much deeper and better cleaning than some of my past experiences ."- N.S. / Facebook / Oct 05, 2018
"Very caring office. They really care about your oral health and how it affects your overall health. They are very informative. My teeth feel much cleaner than they have ever felt at some of my past dentists offices."- N.S. / Google / Oct 04, 2018
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.
Plan Your Procedure
know Your Sedation Options
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.