What is Conscious Sedation?
Conscious sedation allows you to be in a semi-awake state while having treatment in our office. This enables you to feel relaxed and comfortable even if you are nervous of having work done. Conscious sedation is safe, effective and continually monitored while it is being administered. There are many types of sedation available, allowing you to choose which option is best suited to your needs.
Why is Conscious Sedation needed?
Conscious sedation, sometimes referred to as moderate sedation, is typically recommended for patients who are fearful of having treatment in the dental office. This type of sedation enables you to relax and feel comfortable even during the most invasive of procedures. It may be required for more complicated treatments, like oral surgery. We can discuss your sedative options with you when you come into our office for an initial consultation and examination.
What makes you a good candidate for Conscious Sedation?
You must be healthy enough to undergo sedation at this level. We will go over your health and medical records including any medication that you are currently taking. Most people who would like conscious sedation are able to have it administered. Because there are several sedation options available to you, you can choose which one is right for you.
What can be expected with Conscious Sedation?
Before the appointment starts, we will discuss what type of sedation is available and what to expect with conscious sedation. We will then administer the sedative of your choice. Conscious sedation enables you to stay awake during the procedure, but be in a highly relaxed state. Most patients simply slur their words while under conscious sedation and you may not remember most of the work being done. You will then come out of sedation after the procedure is finished and will be taken to our recovery room. Patients undergoing conscious sedation often wake up fully from the anesthetic more quickly than those receiving general or full sedation. It is still important to bring someone with you so that they are able to drive you home from our office.
If you’re interested in conscious sedation and want to learn more about this option, call us today and we will work to answer any questions you might have.