Oral-Conscious Sedation in Orange, CA

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about oral-conscious sedation

The dental industry has advanced tremendously in the last few years. But anxiety and fear of undergoing a dental procedure still prevent many people from making appointments for regular dental cleanings and exams. For this reason, Dr. Patrick Yoshikane 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 appointment so you will be in a relaxed state of mind but capable of following directions. To hear more about oral-conscious sedation and your dental treatments and services at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S., request a consult right away at our Orange, CA dental practice.

Best Candidates

In general, oral-conscious sedation can help both adults and children who have fears and anxieties about going to the dentist. Prior to being given medication for oral-conscious sedation, Dr. Yoshikane will need to complete a thorough consultation to determine if you're an ideal candidate. He will review your current medications and medical history to be sure you are safe to take sedation medication, and also to determine which product will be best for your needs. Oral sedation might not be a good option if you have respiratory or heart problems, are expecting, or have had an allergic reaction to benzodiazepines.

What To Expect

There are several types of sedation medications that can be used. The medication chosen by Dr. Yoshikane will depend on you, your level of anxiety, your overall health, what dental work is taking place, as well as the estimated amount of time your appointment will take. Your oral-conscious sedation medication will be prescribed during your consultation so that you can fill it prior to your procedure. Since you will need to take it before arriving, you will need to plan for a reliable adult to take you to our practice. If you have chosen light oral-conscious sedation, you'll remain at ease but will still be conscious and alert. With moderate sedation, you'll also be conscious, but your recollection will start to get a bit spotty. You may drift off to sleep but should wake up easily.


Recovery will depend on the type of medication administered for the procedure. Regardless, you will need a ride home and for someone to stay with you for 2 – 4 hours afterward. 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. Yoshikane will speak with you at your initial consultation about the potential side effects of the specific medication prescribed for you. Occasionally, patients report headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting after receiving oral-conscious sedation. The threat of vomiting and/or nausea can be minimized by consuming a light meal prior to your appointment and having a snack about an hour following your procedure. Contact our team if you experience lingering side effects or if you have questions after your procedure.

Insurance Coverage

Based on your dental insurance coverage, some of your costs may be paid. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your consult, the team of Dr.Yoshikane can go over payment methods, along with financing, to help make your procedure affordable.

relief from dental anxieties

Stop avoiding the dentist because of fear or anxiety with oral-conscious sedation at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. Schedule a consultation with Orange, CA dentist Dr. Yoshikane to learn more about your options for sedation. It will keep you comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures of a routine or advanced nature. He will help you find your best options so your visit to Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. is an enjoyable experience.

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