“Sleep dentistry” makes it sound like you’ll be unconscious for your dental procedure.
But most dental sedation is actually conscious sedation. This means that you are awake and aware during treatment.
What does that feel like?
Getting Dental Sedation
Most of the time, dental sedation comes via pills or a syrup that you swallow shortly before treatment. Other times, the medication is delivered through an IV drip in a hospital or surgery center.
You’ll remember everything up until the point the medication starts to kick in.
During Sedation Dentistry Appointments
Once the medication takes effect, you’ll become very relaxed and drowsy. Some patients do fall asleep, but they can be awakened with a gentle nudge. The point is that for most cases, you won’t be totally unconscious.
You’ll be alert enough to answer questions and respond to commands from the dentist like “turn your head this way, please” or “open a little wider.” The sedation will keep you from feeling anxious despite knowing what’s going on.
By the time the sedative wears off, you may have no memory of what happened. That’s another effect of the sedative medication – it also works to help you forget any stressful treatment. You’ll feel like you just “woke up” from a ten-minute nap when you really had an hour-long root canal.
Because the effects of dental sedation can last quite a while, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment.
Sedation dentistry is safe, painless, and effective. Ask your dentist whether a sedative can help make your next dental procedure a more comfortable one.
Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
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