About Oral-Conscious Sedation
At Martin Dentistry in Indianapolis, IN, general and cosmetic dentists Drs. Martin, Martin, and Marshall offer oral-conscious sedation for patients who want to be more relaxed and less anxious, but still remain awake during their dental appointment. Patients take one pill an hour before their appointment and possibly another upon arrival. The patient's anxiety level will help the dentist determine the right level of sedation and different dosages will lead to different levels of consciousness during the procedure. The dentist and staff will closely monitor the patient throughout the visit to make sure they are safely sedated. It's important to note that patients are not allowed to drive after being under oral-conscious sedation, so they will need to arrange for a ride home from their appointment.
"Very nice, friendly folks at Martin Dentistry. Although, going to the dentist isn’t always fun - it’s helpful to go to a place where they are thorough, caring, and friendly.Dr. Lindsey Garrison & her dental hygienists have been so nice and have explained everything to me very thoroughly. I appreciate them and all of their hard work!!"- A.D. / Yelp / Sep 06, 2022
"I’ve been going here for about a year and had multiple cleanings, one crown and one replacement filling done. The staff are great and they offer nitrous gas for procedures at an additional cost which I appreciate. I’m very happy with the work I’ve had done and I did not have discomfort for very long after my procedures."- S.J. / Yelp / May 22, 2023
"Always a great experience at Martin dentistry! Friendly and skilled staff are great with cleanings, X-rays, fillings, etc..,"- W.M. / Google / May 05, 2023
"Carrie and Dr. Lindsey are fantastic!! Carrie went above and beyond!"- T.O. / Google / Apr 27, 2023
"Such a smooth, painless appointment every time! Everyone is incredibly friendly-from the front desk, to the hygienists, to Dr. Martin. Highly recommend!"- T.D. / Google / Apr 03, 2023
What to Expect
Before oral-conscious sedation is given, the patient should meet with a dentist to thoroughly review the patient’s medical history, current medications, and any drug allergies. If it’s determined that a patient is a good candidate, the dentist will go over sedation options. If oral-conscious sedation is chosen, the pill will be taken 1 hour prior to the procedure. The pill will produce a tranquil state and the feeling will last throughout the procedure and several hours afterwards, so the patient will require an escort to drive him or her home. Since the patient is still conscious throughout the procedure, he or she should be alert enough to hear the dentist and respond to instructions. If a patient feels groggy and falls asleep, a simple shake should rouse the patient to wakefulness.
After oral-conscious sedation is taken, a patient should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following the procedure. In some cases, the patient may remember little or nothing about the particular dental procedure, though memory will be intact for the rest of the day’s events. Since a pain-reliever, such as a local anesthetic, is usually administered prior to the procedure, most patients report little or no pain or discomfort after the dental work. For the most part, oral-conscious sedatives are considered quite safe and most patients can tolerate them well with no side effects. In some instances, patients may feel nauseous or vomit after taking the sedative.
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When it’s time to visit the dentist and you feel more than a few butterflies in your stomach, then it’s the right time to call our office to schedule your consultation. Our trained professionals can discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about our sedation techniques.