Conscious sedation is a technique that allows patients to become more relaxed during their dental treatment. It is typically administered in the form of an oral medication, although sometimes nitrous oxide or IV medication may be used. Conscious sedation is usually recommended for patients who are prone to anxiety or stress regarding dental work. Those who avoid the dentist because they are scared of treatment can benefit from this sedation method.
Who may benefit from conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is often recommended for those who suffer from anxiety, fear, or phobias about visiting the dentist in Albuquerque NM or patients who have sensitive teeth or gums.
Conscious sedation is also available for those undergoing extensive dental work, like full mouth reconstruction or full mouth restoration. It’s also ideal for those with a sensitive gag reflex.
What can I expect during conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is a combination of local anesthetic and sedative medication. Prior to receiving conscious sedation, the dentist will administer a local anesthetic. This will numb the area that will undergo treatment. Once your treatment is finished, you may still feel some soreness or discomfort.
Conscious sedation helps make patients feel comfortable and relaxed. In some cases, it can make patients feel slightly groggy or sleepy. For this reason, it’s best to bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment.
Is conscious sedation right for me?
Most people associate sedation with a feeling of being “out of it” or “sleepy.” However, this is a common misconception. What sedation actually accomplishes is allowing the patient to remain conscious and coherent but free of anxiety and free of pain.
Sedation can be administered through a mask, an IV, or as a pill. All of these methods allow the patient to experience dentistry without pain or worry and can do so without any memory of the procedure whatsoever.
Is conscious sedation safe?
Conscious sedation is a form of sedation that utilizes medications to relax a patient before dental treatment. It can be administered orally or through an IV. Conscious sedation is ideal for patients who experience anxiety or phobia surrounding dental treatment. Conscious sedation helps patients overcome their dental anxiety and receive the dental care they need.
What are my options for conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation options at our dental practice include nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a great option for patients who experience mild to moderate anxiety. Oral sedation is considered more convenient by some patients as it is administered in the form of a pill.
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentists, Dr. Alicia Abeyta and Dr. Laura Snyder, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.