Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Conscious sedation helps to calm a patient during a dental procedure. The sedatives will keep the patient awake, but eliminate any sense or feeling of fear or anxiety. In dentistry, the three types of conscious sedation are:
Oral sedation is the ingestion of sedatives in form of tablets. This happens one hour prior to your dental appointment. Please do not drive for 24 hours once you take an oral sedative. If the one you took before your procedure was not enough to calm your anxiety, the dentist may recommend a second dose that should be taken one hour before you go to sleep at night.
The sedative for inhalation sedation is nitrous oxide – widely popular by the name laughing gas. When inhaled, this gas induces the patient to feel excited, euphoric, and happy – devoid of any feeling of pain. The effect is immediate and does not take too much time to wear off.