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What to Know About Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation is a form of sedation dentistry that is helpful to many people including those who have a gagging reflex or extremely sensitive teeth. It comes in two forms which are nitrous oxide and oral medication.
Conscious sedation puts people in a generally good mood while keeping them awake to answer questions.

The Two Types
of Conscious Sedation

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is one way to use conscious sedation. It is administered by staff through a nose plug or mask. It generally makes people feel carefree where they are insensitive to pain and easy to work on during the dental procedure.

Oral medication

Oral medication can come in many different forms and the type of medication you get depends on your health and the dentist's preference. There is a syrup that children take to ease their anxiety during procedures.

The Feeling of Conscious Sedation

The best way to describe conscious sedation is that you don’t have a care in the world. You know what is going on and that you are in a dental office. You just don’t let it bother you. It gives you a twilight sleep where you are awake but tired. Some of the oral medications may cause you to drift in and out of sleep, depending on the dose and the person’s age, weight, and height. You won’t stay asleep and can be easily awakened by staff or the dentist to answer questions.

Fluoride Treatment Procedure

Conscious sedation is a safe way to relieve anxiety during dental visits.

Remaining conscious gives the dental staff a way to communicate with you so that the procedure goes well. Remaining conscious is generally considered safer than using a sedation method that puts you to sleep, although all are deemed safe.

Those who are delaying going to the dentist out of fear should book an appointment to talk about conscious sedation. We can answer any questions and help put any fears at ease. Book an appointment today!

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