About Oral-Conscious Sedation
At DentalWorks - Wilmington in Wilmington, NC, our dentists provide oral-conscious sedation to patients during complex services or for patients who suffer from anxiety about visiting the dentist. Oral-conscious sedation is administered as a tablet approximately 60 minutes prior to the appointment. The tablet can be made for a light or moderate sedation level, to fit the patient’s needs and the service being performed. Mild sedation will make the patient seem hazy, although they do not typically fall asleep. Moderate sedation is chosen during longer services to make the patient feel comfortable and the patient may fall into a light sleep. Even though other sedation options can be changed during the service, the concentration of oral-conscious sedation can’t be changed.
"My husband has been going to DentalWorks for over a year. He had a lot of dental problems from not being able to take care of his dental hygiene due to his Parkinson’ disease and not so good with his hands in flossing and brushing his teeth. He had crowns replaced, cavities filled by Dr. Smith. Catherine is such a nice hygienist, very patient and skillful to clean his teeth. We are very happy with DentalWorks and highly recommend their practice!"- T.B. / Google / Sep 07, 2018
"Felt no pain."- D.K. / Google / Aug 13, 2018
"Great service. Didn't have to wait in the waiting room! Was called straight back for my appt and was out the door within 45 min. Very friendly staff."- S.M. / Google / Aug 08, 2018
"Have been to them 3 times and have been extremely pleased with each visit. Highly reccomend them."- K.L. / Google / Aug 08, 2018
"New to the area and I couldn't recommend giving this dentistry a try! Was a pleasure to deal with all of the staff from the front desk to the office mgr, to the hygienist, to the Dentist herself. They listened to me and understood how sensitive (teeth/etc) I was and filled with anxiety and they took SO much better care of me than my previous office (different state) had for the past 10 years. I'm actually looking forward to my next appt in 6 months which has never happened before."- J.L. / Google / Aug 03, 2018
What to Expect
Our dentists will talk with the patient to completely discuss their medications, medical history, and allergies to determine if the patient is a candidate for oral-conscious sedation or another method. If oral-conscious sedation is elected, our dentists will give them a prescription for the tablet for the patient to swallow about 60 minutes before their service. The patient will not be able to drive to or from their treatment, since the patient will be conscious, but in a relaxed state. During the service, the patient will be conscious enough to hear our dentists and to follow any directives. Some patients can fall asleep during the service, however they can be easily waked when the treatment is done.
Patients aren't allowed drive for at least 24 hours after being under oral-conscious sedation, so our dentists advise that each patient plan for a responsible adult to get them home after their appointment. While the patient generally remains conscious during the treatment, the sedation often causes short-term memory loss. Oral-conscious sedation is on the whole dependable, although certain patients will get temporary nausea. Any uncommon side effects or continuing pain should be reported to our dentists at DentalWorks - Wilmington as soon as possible.
Depending on the patient’s insurance policy, a portion or all of the cost of oral-conscious sedation will be included. DentalWorks - Wilmington will talk to the patient’s insurance company before the service to estimate their coverage and personal cost. Our dentists at DentalWorks - Wilmington accept many methods of payment and we can connect patients to medical financing plans.
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If you are scheduled to have a long or invasive service at DentalWorks - Wilmington or if you miss your regular dental examination and bi-annual professional cleaning because of worries, oral-conscious sedation or other sedation choice may help you to feel relaxed and comfortable for your visit to DentalWorks - Wilmington. To find out more information, come to a consultation with our dentists and learn more about sedation options, like oral-conscious sedation.