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Oral Conscious Sedation – Wethersfield, CT

Making Sure You’re Comfortable Is Our Top Priority

Does the thought of calling your dentist to schedule a treatment or routine appointment make your palms sweat and flood you with worry? If your answer is “yes,” then it’s time to contact our team of professionals at Dolan Dental to learn how sedation dentistry in Wethersfield can help you. You no longer have to try to power through your dental anxiety or phobia to take care of your oral health. Unlike nitrous oxide and IV sedation, oral conscious sedation simply involves taking a small pill before your appointment. If you’ve been putting off your dental treatment because of your anxiety and worry, don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn how you can make your next visit to Dolan Dental relaxing, worry-free, and comfortable.

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The Oral Conscious Sedation Process

Among all the sedation techniques we offer at Dolan Dental, patients often prefer oral conscious sedation in Wethersfield because it’s effective and easy to administer. Before we decide that this solution is right for you, we’ll ask about your medical history and any current prescriptions you’re taking. This is so we can assess any risks and keep you from experiencing potential side-effects. Your dentist in Wethersfield will then prescribe a pill to take before your procedure so you can show up to your appointment completely relaxed.

The pills we administer will not prevent you from feeling any pain, so depending on your treatment, we may need to also use local anesthesia as well. During your visit, our team will carefully monitor you to make sure no complications arise. After your treatment is completed, you may feel drowsy, so you’ll need to have a family member or close friend pick you up.

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The Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation

For patients with dental fear and anxiety, they often try to avoid scheduling appointments at all costs. However, skipping routine preventive treatments will only leave the door open for a variety of other oral health problems to colonize your mouth. The more severe an issue becomes, the more likely it’ll be that you’ll need an invasive and costly treatment down the road.

With oral conscious sedation, you’ll be able to rest assured knowing that you won’t have to put your mental health on the chopping block to keep up with your oral health. Here are some other benefits that you’ll be able to enjoy with this form of sedation:

  • Easy to Administer. All you’ll need to do is take one pill about an hour before you arrive to your dentist’s office. No masks or needles necessary.
  • FDA-Approved. Oral conscious sedation has been approved by the FDA as a safe and effective form of sedation, meaning it has been thoroughly tested and proven.
  • Remaining Responsive. Even though you’ll be drowsy, you’ll still be able to communicate with your dentist if necessary.
  • Blocks Out Memory of Treatment. Most patients who have dental phobias wouldn’t want to remember the procedure at all. With oral conscious sedation, you won’t have to experience a lingering anxiety from recollecting your treatment, because you won’t remember a majority of your visit.

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Good Candidates For Oral Sedation

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you’re a good candidate for oral conscious sedation in Wethersfield. It can also be a helpful solution for patients who need multiple extensive procedures completed at one time or have disabilities that can make it difficult to sit through an appointment. It can also help if you:

  • Have a strong gag reflex.
  • Have sensitive teeth.
  • Had a bad experience with a dentist in the past.
  • Have jaw soreness that makes it difficult for you to keep your mouth open.
  • Are afraid of needles or masks being placed over your face.

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Risks & Potential Side-Effects

The dosage prescribed to you by Drs. Brendan Dolan or Riley Gionfriddo will depend on a variety of factors like how long your procedure will last, your weight, and the severity of your phobia. This can also determine when you’ll begin to notice the side effects. Some of these effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Sluggishness
  • Foggy or blank memory of what the procedure was like
  • Slow reflexes
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dull headache
  • Nausea

During your consultation, your dentist in Wethersfield will make you aware of all the potential side-effects and let you know when you can expect them to wear off. This initial visit will also allow us to minimize any potential risks to ensure that you will remain healthy and safe during and after your procedure.

The Cost of Oral Sedation

The cost of oral conscious sedation varies from patient to patient. However, some dental insurance plans do cover it if it’s deemed a medical necessity, so it’s a good idea to contact your provider beforehand to check. Sedation dentistry may also be covered for patients who have medical conditions or disabilities that make it difficult to comfortably receive dental care. If you have any questions about whether your benefits will cover oral conscious sedation or would like to find out the cost for your treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team of professionals to schedule a consultation.