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Oral-Conscious Sedation (Moderate Sedation Dentistry) – San Marcos, CA*

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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. 

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.

Treatment Aftercare

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.

Insurance Coverage

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.

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