Dr. Mickel Malek stands out as the founder of iSmileSpa’s location in Northern California’s Monterey Bay. There, Dr. Mickel Malek performs conscious oral sedation dentistry for those patients with dental phobias.
By inhibiting the anxiety response and relaxing the patient, oral sedation dentistry allows a fearful patient to undergo the treatment that he or she needs. It incorporates the use of a proven effective and safe oral medication, which the patient takes shortly before undergoing the necessary procedure. The dentist will consider the patient’s medical needs, desired duration of action, and demonstrated medication half-life before selecting the appropriate medication, most of which fall into a category of anti-anxiety drugs known as benzodiazepines.
Upon taking the medication, the patient slips into a relaxed state. Most patients feel some degree of drowsiness or grogginess and may even fall asleep, though they are easily awakened with a gentle touch.
Patients also typically find that time seems to pass more quickly and long procedures seem shorter. Similarly, many report an amnesic effect that leads them to remember little to none of the procedure after it is finished.