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Oral Conscious Sedation – Beverly Hills, CA

Calm Your Nerves with Easy and Effective Sedation

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If you’ve scheduled a dental appointment before and then cancelled as it came closer and closer, you may have a level of dental anxiety or fear that warrants the need for something stronger than other methods of sedation dentistry. This is where oral conscious sedation can make a huge difference. By taking a small pill ahead of your dental appointment, you can expect to feel not only incredibly relaxed, but prepared to receive important and necessary treatments with relative ease. Feel free to give our office a call today to speak with Dr. Kboudi and see if oral conscious sedation is right for you!

Why Choose Beverly Hills Complete Dentistry for Oral Conscious Sedation?

  • Powerful Solution for Moderate to Severe Anxiety
  • Easily Administered Orally through a Pill
  • Highly Experienced Dentist and Team By Your Side

How Oral Conscious Sedation Works

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Unlike other methods of sedation that are increased or decreased on the fly (i.e. nitrous oxide and IV sedation), oral conscious sedation is administered through a pill that is taken ahead of your dental appointment. Depending on when you take it, you may need to have a friend or family member drive you to the office as the effects start to develop.

Typically recommended for those with moderate to severe levels of dental anxiety, oral conscious sedation is designed to make you feel not only incredibly relaxed, but comfortable to the point where remembering your dental visit becomes very difficult. Those who are very negatively affected by the stimuli that often accompanies dental visits will find this to be a major benefit to their overall experience.

What To Expect After Your Appointment

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Since the effects of oral conscious sedation are generally stronger to alleviate nervousness and anxiety, you can expect some lingering side effects that will take some time to dissipate. That means you will definitely need to have a friend or family member drive you from the practice. You should also avoid operating heavy machinery or vehicles as well as discontinue the rest of your workday until the effects have waned. Most patients report their drowsiness to fade after a few hours, but it’s important to be safe and plan in advance if you intend to receive oral conscious sedation. Keep in mind that oral conscious sedation is not intended to put you to sleep, so you’ll still be able to communicate with our team and Dr. Kboudi during treatment.

Benefits of Using Oral Conscious Sedation

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While the sedative’s powerful effects are largely intended for alleviating anxiety, oral conscious sedation is also ideal for those with other specific needs or accommodations. For example, we may recommend oral conscious sedation to those with:

  • A very sensitive gag reflex
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Cognitive or physical impairments that make dental care difficult
  • Multiple dental treatments to complete in a short period of time
  • Sensitivity to dental stimuli, such as drills, injections, or even the sights and smells of the dental office
  • Complex treatments to complete, such as dental implant placement, root canal therapy, or gum disease treatment

Oral Conscious Sedation FAQs

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In preparation for your upcoming procedure, you may have many questions about oral conscious sedation. When meeting with your dentist in Beverly Hills, you can expect to receive much of the necessary information that is designed to prepare you, but it’s natural to wonder about the types of effects to expect as well as what you will experience once your appointment is complete. To help you feel more comfortable with the idea of receiving oral conscious sedation, we’ve compiled some answers to the most common questions asked by our patients. Review the list below and feel free to contact us for an appointment.

Why do people choose oral conscious sedation over IV sedation?

One of the most common reasons patients opt for oral conscious sedation is because they have a fear of needles. IV sedation requires inserting a needle into the bend of the elbow or hand, but pill medication only requires a drink of water to ingest the medicine. While it’s true that a person will spend more time waiting for oral conscious sedation to take effect, it is often a preferred method, especially if the individual would rather avoid needles.

Is oral conscious sedation safe?

Yes, when used by patients who have been cleared for this type of dentistry, it is a safe way to achieve greater relaxation during an appointment. A thorough consultation must be conducted before any decision is made as to whether you can receive sedation. You will discuss your current medical history as well as any medications you are currently taking. It is essential that we know how the sedation will interact with specific medical conditions and/or prescriptions you are taking regularly, as it could cause serious reactions or complications.

Are there risks or side effects with oral conscious sedation?

No matter the type of medication or sedation you receive, there is always risk involved. Although most patients never experience any serious issues, there is a chance you might:

  • Not remember much, if anything, from your appointment (slight amnesia)
  • Dry mouth
  • Hiccups that only last temporarily

How does oral conscious sedation stop patients from gagging?

If you have a sensitive gag reflex, you will find that with any type of dental sedation, your throat and oral cavity will become relaxed. This will make it easier for your sedation dentist in Beverly Hills to complete your dental treatment swiftly and successfully. Once you take the prescribed medication provided to you by our team, the muscles in your throat will begin to relax. You will have minimal sensitivity to any sights, sounds, or smells, making it possible for your dentist to easily maneuver within your oral cavity with various instruments.

Will dental insurance pay for my sedation?

It is dependent on the type of dental insurance plan you have. Most will not offer coverage for oral conscious sedation; however, we do offer flexible financing through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. By enrolling, you can break up the cost of your sedation treatment into smaller payments, and you can choose from different payment schedules.

Will I remember anything with oral sedation?

Contrary to common belief, oral sedation doesn’t render you unconscious. Instead, you reach a deep level of relaxation, so you won’t feel anything. You may even drift off to sleep; however, you can still respond to verbal cues from your dentist in Beverly Hills. It’s unlikely you’ll remember much of your procedure. You may not have any memory of the sights, smells, or sounds of the dental office. All of your senses will be dulled, so you won't remember any pain. The memory loss effects of sedation can make it easier for patients with extreme dental anxieties or phobias because there isn't any need to worry about a negative experience while in the dental chair.

Does dental sedation make you tell secrets?

You have likely seen a few videos online of people telling their deepest secrets while under dental sedation, but it isn’t a “truth serum.” It’s very unlikely you’ll reveal something you wouldn’t normally say. In the rare event something slips, it will remain within the walls of the dental room.

Is sedation dentistry safe during pregnancy?

There’s a lot of misinformation about the safety of dental work during pregnancy, including the use of sedation. The safety and wellness of both mother and baby are the top priority for any sedation dentist in Beverly Hills because some medications can pass onto the fetus through the placenta. Typically, basic dental work is safe for pregnant women after they’ve reached the second trimester to avoid issues with development. However, sedation used during the third trimester can trigger preterm labor. Therefore, most dentists only use sedation during the second trimester, but they may recommend waiting until after delivery to have any invasive procedures that may require sedatives. If sedation is unavoidable, your dentist will use as little as possible while keeping you comfortable.

Is oral sedation safe while breastfeeding?

It’s rare for oral conscious sedation to travel through breast milk; however, nitrous oxide is the safest for nursing mothers because it leaves your system within a few minutes after you stop inhaling it. Your dentist will review the benefits and risks of each option to choose the safest sedative for your baby.

What should I do after oral conscious sedation?

It can take a few hours for the effects of the sedative to dissipate. Therefore, you’re going to need someone to drive you home. It’s best to head to bed to rest until the sedation fully wears off. Your dentist will recommend having a friend or loved one stay with you for at least 3 hours after leaving their office. While you take it easy, don’t forget to stay hydrated. Your dentist will review any additional aftercare instructions, like dietary modifications. Although the effects will wear off by the end of the day, it’s best to avoid driving, making important decisions, or returning to work for at least 24 hours after your procedure.