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Dec
5

Conscious Sedation During Dental Care

Have you ever heard of conscious sedation? It’s one of the easiest ways for dental patients to relax and enjoy a comfortable visit while they have all of their dental treatment completed. Conscious sedation allows patients to respond to verbal stimulation like questions or statements, but feel as if they’re in a dream-like state where they most likely won’t remember any of their appointment whatsoever.

How does it work? Patients that select conscious sedation services will be given a prescription for a sedation drug to be taken one hour prior to their appointment. A second dose of medication may be taken at the time of their treatment, if necessary. The sleepy patient will have their vital signs monitored by staff throughout the entire appointment. Treatments are completed more efficiently, because patients have a higher level of comfort during their procedure.

Patients who choose conscious sedation dentistry will need to have someone drive them to and from their appointment, as it can take a few hours for medication to fully leave their system and consciousness to return to normal. You’ll still be able to walk and answer simple questions, but you should not drive or return to work until the next day.

Who makes a good candidate for conscious sedation? Most healthy children and adults are candidates for oral sedation medications, depending on the type of options offered by your dentist. A thorough health history screening and medication review should be conducted with your dentist prior to prescribing any type of sedation medication.

If you’ve put off your dental care because of anxiety or needing to schedule multiple appointments, ask your dentist if conscious sedation is an option for you!

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

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