Conscious sedation is a method of dental sedation that uses a pill-based sedative, usually a “benzodiazepine.” Drugs in this category include Xanax, Valium, and Halcion, to name just a few. The dosage and type of medication used will depend on the specifics of your case.
You’ll simply take a pill about an hour before your appointment at The Good Dentist. You may need to fast (avoid eating) on the morning of your procedure. Your dentist will provide you with more information if this is required.
The drug will quickly spread throughout your body. You will feel much more calm and relaxed, and you may even fall asleep during your procedure, or forget most of what happens at our office.
Thanks to conscious sedation, you can get the care you need in Merton, even if you’re nervous or anxious about seeing the dentist.
The biggest benefit of conscious sedation is that it lets you get the dental care you need without feeling nervous or anxious. From teeth cleanings and oral exams to dental surgeries like tooth extractions and dental implant placement, conscious sedation will let you relax in the dentist’s chair.
In addition, conscious sedation helps with your pain tolerance, and can make you feel more comfortable and less aware of discomfort, especially when combined with local numbing.
Speaking of local numbing, which usually involves the use of a numbing needle, conscious sedation can also help with fear of needles, which is another common issue at the dentist’s office. Once you’re sedated, you’ll be able to handle any necessary injections without any fear or anxiety.
Finally, conscious sedation can also help impair the gag reflex, which is very helpful if you have a strong gag reflex and need dental care in your rear teeth.
You will only be deeply sedated for an hour or two, but the after-effects of the medication can last up to 6-8 hours or longer. You will not be able to drive or operate heavy machinery after treatment, and will require someone to bring you to our office and take you home.
After your treatment, you should go home and rest and relax. You may experience some after-effects as you recover, including nausea, headache, confusion, dizziness, and dry mouth. This is normal, and these issues will start to fade quickly as the medication wears off.
Most healthy dental patients can be sedated without any issues. However, our doctors may need to ask some questions about your past health history, prescription drugs you’re currently taking, and other such details. To find out if sedation is right for you, just contact The Good Dentist for an appointment today.