Conscious Oral Sedation Dentistry

oral sedation dentistry

oral sedation dentistry


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.


Benefits of Adult Softball

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Mickel Malek

Dr. Mickel Malek, a dentist by profession, participates in a variety of sports and outdoor activities in his free time. Dr. Mickel Malek includes softball on his list of favorite pursuits.

For adult participants, team softball can provide social as well as health benefits. Playing in team athletics, whether recreational or competitive, can increase an individual’s motivation to be physically active and engage in community. A team provides the accountability that helps many people to lift themselves out of isolating behaviors and pursue a group goal, which in turn helps the person to battle depressed moods and loneliness.

The team atmosphere also helps participants to hold themselves accountable for their own performance. Because one’s athletic progress benefits the team, many members are likely to work harder at building their skills than if they were competing in an individual sport. The resultant progress leads to gains in self-esteem as well as in the ability to set and pursue goals.

Meanwhile, the exercise involved in team sports has a positive effect on the body. Just a half hour of practice or game play per day can lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, and increase energy levels. By combining this exercise with social camaraderie, team members can maintain the regularity of routine that makes a fitness program most effective.