What is conscious sedation?
During times like these, the last thing we want to do is increase your anxiety. However, it’s still important that you are able to receive the medical care you need, including dentistry. At Regent Avenue Dental Centre, we have a variety of way to help combat anxiousness when it comes to dental appointments and procedures. One of them, conscious sedation, is the practice of using mild sedatives to help you fight back against anxiety and stay comfortable during your dental care treatments. Interested in learning more about how we use conscious sedation? Get all the details about this unique method of assistance.
What is conscious sedation or nitrous oxide sedation
With nitrous oxide sedation, you will breathe through a nose mask that delivers a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen into your lungs. As you breathe in, the gas will quickly absorb into your bloodstream.
With this method of conscious sedation, you will feel a bit disconnected from what’s happening around you. However, you will nearly immediately, feel much less anxious and nervous. You will also be less likely to experience pain and discomfort throughout your appointment.
Best of all, this method of sedation wears off within about minutes once the flow of nitrous oxide stops. Even though the side effects are minor, we still recommend finding alternate transportation after your dental appointment is over. However, many individuals can go back to work afterwards.
Increased sedation through oral sedation
Oral conscious sedation is recommended if you prefer to be sedated more deeply. This method can also be deployed for more serious procedures such as wisdom teeth extractions or root canals. In this method of sedation, you will take a pill-based sedative orally when you arrive for your appointment.
Once the pill takes effect, you will feel drowsy and groggy. You may fall asleep during your procedure, but you will not be unconscious. You can be roused, and you will be fully responsive to commands.
It is also common for oral conscious sedation to result in “anterograde amnesia,” meaning you will forget most or all of what happened during your dental procedure. However, you should note that the after-effects of oral conscious sedation last longer than nitrous oxide. Your motor skills will be impaired, and it is required for you to have alternate transportation home.
You will be required to bring a responsible adult into our office who can drive you home and take care of you immediately after your appointment. Some after-effects of sedation can last up to 6-8 hours or longer for some people, so plan your day accordingly.
Not sure sedation method is right for you? Schedule a consultation today!
If you are not sure which type of conscious sedation is right for you, the team at Regent Avenue Dental Centre can help. Besides the methods of sedation, our dentists are experienced in helping our patients feel relaxed and at ease. If you experience anxiety, its best to simply talk to your dentist before your appointment begins. Contact us online or give us a call at 204.817.8915 to schedule a consultation and explore your sedation options in further detail.