What Is Conscious Sedation

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Conscious sedation, known as “oral sedation” and “sleep dentistry” is a form of sedation for dentistry that’s a step above nitrous oxide (laughing gas), but a step below IV sedation.

Even though it’s referred to as sleep dentistry, you’re actually awake during your conscious sedation, hence the name. However, the beauty of conscious sedation is that you’ll be less aware of what’s happening, time will seem to pass quickly, and you may have little or even no memory of the dental treatment after it’s been completed.  You can even wake up to a new smile!

Due to the many benefits of conscious sedation, it’s a popular sedation dentistry choice for people who have dental anxiety, are downright afraid to visit a dentist, and/or would like to undergo several hours of treatment, all completed in one visit.

Here’s how conscious sedation works: Prior to your dental appointment, you’ll be given a pill to take. Because of the effects of the conscious sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment.

In conjunction with conscious sedation, we may or may not also administer Novocain. This will depend on your dental history and your anxiety level, as well as which type of dental procedure we’re performing. It’s important to note, however, that your comfort is always our highest priority! We want you to feel safe and comfortable coming to the dentist, without fear or anxiety.

Is conscious sedation right for you? It could be just the answer you’re looking for if you’re afraid of needles, have a strong gag reflex, have struggled with dental treatment in the past, and/or would like to get a lot of dental work done in a single visit.

We can talk about conscious sedation – as well as our other sedation options – in a free dental consultation, in which we’ll go over your dental history, as well as your medical history.  We can discuss oral sedation vs. IV sedation based on your unique needs.

For further information about conscious sedation, or to schedule an appointment, please call (303) 323-8149, or e-mail contact@sedationdentistdenverco.com.

Please note: Both Dr. O’Leary and Dr. Peppler are experienced sedation dentists, and we’re one of only a handful of dental practices in the Denver metro area to offer all 3 levels of sedation dentistry (conscious sedation, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide). We’re located near Park Meadows Mall, just off C-470 and Quebec.