Are you worried about an upcoming dental appointment? Whether it is a routine visit, or you need a procedure, your sedation dentist in Portland can help. At RiverPlace Dental, Dr. Megan McInnis provides oral conscious sedation to help you enjoy your time in our office. You can sit back and relax as your fears and anxieties fade away while you have a pain-free visit.
If you suffer from mild to moderate dental-related phobias you can benefit from oral conscious sedation. The prescribed medication is taken before your appointment to help you relax. It can also help you if you need an invasive or lengthy treatment or multiple procedures. Often, it is recommended if you cannot lay in one position for too long or have a strong gag reflex.
Dr. McInnis determines which type of sedative best meets your needs during a prior appointment. You take the medication about 1 hour before your procedure is set to begin. As it takes effect, you will reach a high level of relaxation to the point you may even fall asleep. Contrary to common belief, you are not unconscious. You can be easily awakened, but you will not feel any pain or discomfort. In fact, you may not even remember your appointment afterward.
Oral conscious sedation is safe and effective when used on the ideal candidate and when administered by a trained professional, like Dr. McInnis. To ensure it is right for you, she will review your medical history, medications, and allergies to look for potential adverse complications that may occur.
You will need a friend or loved one to drive you to your appointment and take you home from our office because it can take several hours for the effects of the sedative to wear off. As a result, it is best to limit your activities for the remainder of the day. It is normal to experience temporary nausea, but it will not last. Short-term memory loss is common while still under the effects of the sedative.
Now, many leading insurance carriers pay for a portion of the cost of oral conscious sedation. It is best to review your specific policy to ensure it is covered. We will help you maximize the value of your annual benefits to lower the amount you need to pay. We accept a variety of payment options to cover any out-of-pocket balance.
If you have been delaying the dental care you need for a healthy smile, you can sit back and relax with your dentist in Portland. Dr. McInnis can help you enjoy your time in our office, so nothing stands in your way of reaching your oral health goals. Contact our office today to learn more about oral conscious sedation or to see if it is the right option for you.