Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation involves using nitrous oxide or oral sedatives to alleviate dental anxiety and make the patient more comfortable during dental procedures. It is essential to discuss your anxiety or concerns with your dentist so they can choose the right form of conscious sedation.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
  • Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective way to manage dental anxiety.
  • It is administered through a small mask over the nose and causes feelings of relaxation and wellbeing.
  • Patients remain awake and responsive during the procedure, experiencing sensations like drowsiness, lightheadedness, and tingling.
Oral Sedation?
  • Benzodiazepines can have interactions with other medications and may cause nausea and headaches in some cases.
  • To maximize effectiveness and minimize side effects, it is essential to avoid eating and drinking non-clear liquids for several hours before the procedure.
  • After taking oral sedation, you should refrain from driving, operating heavy machinery, or consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours, as it can impair coordination and judgment.

Conscious sedation options are available to help patients overcome dental fears and anxiety, ensuring they receive the necessary treatment without discomfort or stress. It is important to consult with your dentist to determine which form of conscious sedation is appropriate for your specific needs.