What Is Conscious Sedation

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

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 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 might or might 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 discuss 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 a free dental consultation or appointment, please call or e-mail the dental office that’s near you:

Lowry Sedation Dentistry – 6th and Quebec, in Denver, (303) 323-8158, lowry@sedationdentistdenverco.com

Highlands Ranch Sedation Dentistry – near C-470 and University Boulevard, in Highlands Ranch, (303) 309-0749, highlandsranch@sedationdentistdenverco.com

Colorado Springs Sedation Dentistry – near Powers and Stetson, in Colorado Springs, (719) 247-2020, coloradosprings1@sedationdentistdenverco.com

Colorado Springs Sedation Dentistry – Powers and North Carefree Circle, in Colorado Springs, (719) 247-2350, coloradosprings2@sedationdentistdenverco.com