Oral-Conscious Sedation in San Diego, CA

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The technologies and techniques of the dental industry have advanced tremendously in just the last few years. Despite this, the fear of undergoing a dental procedure still often prevents many individuals from setting up appointments for regular dental cleanings and exams. For this reason, general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey provides oral-conscious sedation to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during your appointment. Anti-anxiety medications can be prescribed to be taken prior to your scheduled appointment so you will be in a relaxed state of mind but still capable of following directions. To learn more about oral-conscious sedation and your treatment options at Finest City Dental, schedule an appointment right away at our San Diego, CA dental office.

Best Candidates

As a whole, oral-conscious sedation might help children and adults alike who have fears and anxieties about the dentist's office. Prior to being given medication for oral-conscious sedation, Dr. Dovey will conduct a full consultation to decide whether you're an ideal candidate. He will review your current medications and medical history to be sure you are well-equipped to take sedation medication. He will also determine which medication product would best meet your needs. Oral sedation might not be a good fit if you currently suffer from respiratory or heart complications, are pregnant, or have had an allergic reaction to benzodiazepines in the past.

What To Expect

There are many types of sedation medications that can be used. The medication chosen by Dr. Dovey will be influenced by you, your specific fears, your overall health, what dental work is taking place, and the predicted amount of time your appointment will take. Your sedation medication will be prescribed to you during your consultation so that you can acquire it prior to your procedure. Because you will be taking the medication before you arrive, you will need to plan for a reliable adult to escort you to our practice. If you have chosen light oral-conscious sedation, you'll feel at ease but will still be alert and awake. With more significant sedation, you'll also be conscious, but your recollection will be a little fuzzy. You might drift off to sleep, but you will wake easily.


Recovery following sedation can vary, depending on the type of medication used for the procedure. Regardless, you will need a ride home. You will also need someone to stay with you for a few hours following the procedure. You won't be capable of driving a car until the following day after you've had the chance to sleep off the medication. Dr. Dovey will speak with you at your consultation about the potential side effects of the specific medication chosen for you. In most circumstances, patients report nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness after receiving oral-conscious sedation. The threat of vomiting or nausea can be minimized by consuming a light meal prior to your appointment and having a snack around an hour following your procedure. We invite you to contact our team if you experience lingering side effects or if you have any questions after your dental procedure.

Insurance Coverage

If you carry dental insurance, our team will speak with your insurance provider to validate your coverage in regard to oral-conscious sedation options. After gathering your information, we will be better able to calculate your total costs. For those without dental insurance, Dr. Dovey can speak with you about the payment options that we accept, such as medical financing.

Oral-Conscious Sedation

Stop letting your fears negatively affect your oral health with oral-conscious sedation offered by Finest City Dental. Schedule a consultation with San Diego, CA dentist Dr. Dovey if you would like to learn more about your options for sedation. It will keep you relaxed and at ease during dental procedures of a routine or advanced nature. He will help you discover the best fit for sedation so your appointment at Finest City Dental is an enjoyable experience.

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