No matter how technologically advanced the dental industry becomes with techniques and innovative technologies, anxiety and fear of having dental work still keep many people from making appointments. For this reason, our general dentist, Dr. Patrick B. Toms, provides oral-conscious sedation to his patient's comfort and relaxation during treatments when it is needed. Oral-conscious sedation is as simple as taking a mild sedative that is prescribed by Dr. Toms before the appointment begins. You can walk into our office at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. one step ahead of the game. We understand that for some patients, braving the appointment is half the battle. If you would like to learn more about oral-conscious sedation and your dental treatments and services at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D., request a consult right away at our Gainesville, GA dental office.
"It's difficult to know where to begin! Our family of 4, plus my mother, have all been cared for by Dr. Toms and his staff for over 20 years. From my children's dental needs (wisdom teeth, too!) to my elderly mother's care, Dr. Toms has always helped us sort through all options and guided us all the way. His skill and sensitivity put both of my children at ease and they now are adults who are comfortable with dental visits. Dr. Toms has been a great friend to our family! Very highly recommended."- J.M. / Google / Mar 22, 2022
"I know he is a very positive person that believes in his patients and family taken care of."- M.T. / Google / Jan 06, 2022
"Kind, professional staff led by a very knowledgeable and caring dentist. Very accommodating to patients, they work as a team. They strive for excellence in all areas of their services. Office is beautifully decorated and well organized. Myself and a large part of my family have been regular patients for years. Now that I’ve moved out of the immediate area I still drive back to keep my dental care on the same high level with the same people."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 28, 2021
"Great Dentist. friendly, efficient and personable staff. The dentist is honest and will not push unnecessary procedures."- C.C. / Google / Jul 23, 2021
"I recently moved to GA and had not established care with a dentist yet. While I was eating, a crown from a previous root canal came off. So, I needed to find a dentist ASAP! I have pretty significant dental-related anxiety and previously sought out a dentist certified in sedation dentistry for this reason. I found several several recommendations for Dr. Toms online and was pleasantly surprised and relieved to learn that he is certified and proficient in both oral and IV sedation. I called his office to schedule an appointment and did not expect a next-day appointment! The staff was so friendly on the phone, and even more welcoming in person! They made me feel like a long time regular patient from the first moment I met them! I filled out all of my paperwork online before my appointment and just had to sign them once I arrived., The check-in process was smooth and quick, and I waited less than 10 minutes to see Dr.,Toms., They even scheduled my cleaning 2 days later! Highly recommend!"- J.M. / Google / May 23, 2021
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. Toms 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 prescription 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. Toms will depend on how you feel, your level of anxiety, your overall health, what dental work is taking place, and 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 treatment. Since you will need to take it before arriving, you will need to plan for transportation (round trip). If you have chosen oral-conscious sedation, you'll remain at ease but will still be awake and alert. With moderate sedation, you will also be conscious, but your memory of the appointment may fade. Also, some of our patients just sleep through it and wake up when it is over.
Recovery will depend on the type of medication administered. Regardless, you will need a ride home and for someone to stay with you for at least 2 – 4 hours. 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. Toms will speak with you during your consultation about the potential side effects of the specific medication prescribed for you. Most commonly, 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 before to your appointment and having a snack about an hour following. Please contact our team if you experience lingering side effects or if you have questions.
If you carry dental insurance, our office will contact your provider to check your coverage regarding oral-conscious sedation options. After gathering your information, we will be able to calculate your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, our billing coordinator can go over payment options accepted by our office such as financing through CareCredit®.
Simple Sedation with one dose
Oral-conscious sedation may be very beneficial for you if you are looking for an economical and convenient alternative to intravenous sedation. You may feel drowsy afterward, but the amnesic effects of the medication will keep you in a serene state of mind under Dr. Toms' care. To learn more about sedation, please schedule an appointment in Gainesville, GA today. We look forward to hearing from you at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D.